Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Over the Years

Ginsburg was born in 1933 and went to PS 238 and Madison High, in (as so many seem to be, from) Brooklyn. Ruth’s mother died just as she graduated high school, which affected her deeply. Her nickname in school was Kiki, and she was a serious student but as she says was never afraid to do anything the boys did, such as jumping across garage roofs. Her unique determination and strong will have become trademarks for which she is known.

It is hard to imagine the difficulty she faced blazing a trail as a woman lawyer in such a male-dominated profession at the time. She went even further, becoming a dedicated advocate for women’s rights. She eventually became only the second woman Justice on the Supreme Court in 1993. Here is a look at Ginsburg through the years

A photo on the right of Ginsburg at age two and below of her in her teens in Brooklyn.

In 1946, Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left (his right) of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York. Courtesy of Joan and Stuart Danoff.

In her high school days in Brooklyn.

In 1948, at age 15, Ruth was the camp rabbi at Che-Na-Wah, in Minerva, New York. Below, she is delivering a sermon.


1953 High School graduation and yearbook photo

Ginsburg when she was a senior at Cornell.

She met her husband Martin, who grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, on a blind date while both were at Cornell University. They married in 1954 when she graduated. She started at Harvard Law where the dean in all seriousness asked her why she was taking the place of a man at the school. She would transfer to Columbia Law and get her degree there. In the prestigous Harvard Law Review, 1957-8, Ginsburg at the far right.

 Ruth, and daughter Jane who today is 65 years old.

She was a professor at Rutgers in the 60’s and 70’s.

1972, Ginsburg, a professor at Columbia Law School (Librado Romero/The New York Times).

December 1979 with husband, Martin Ginsburg, children, James and Jane, off the shore of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Courtesy of Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Spring 1980, Ginsburg, after being nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

August 10, 1993, Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Ginsburg’s husband Martin holds the Bible and President Bill Clinton at left.

New York 1996, Ginsburg, front right, with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York’s Ellis Island, as part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller. Adam Nadel/AP

October 1, 2010, standing, from left to right, are retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.  The only four women justices of the Supreme Court.

With Justice Scalia, who she became good friends with while on the court together.

June 1, 2017, U.S. Supreme Court. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. 

For More Ruth Bader Ginsburg  you can watch the biographical ocumentary RGB  On Youtube or on Hulu and the life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg can be found here on Amazon.



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  1. Rina Brenkovich

     /  May 21, 2020

    What an impressive life and excellent role model for women. I salute Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  2. Nancy Glorioso

     /  May 21, 2020

    Everyone should look up to this amazing woman.

  3. Lorraine Mensky

     /  May 21, 2020

    This was amazing! Thank you so much for the photos and the information!!!
    I knew she was interesting, but I didn’t know how totally beautiful she was in her younger years.
    She still has a monumental mind and the face of an angel!



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