Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died today.
The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family.
Chief Justice John Roberts said,
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature.
We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 70s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. Article continues after sponsor message
Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera:
“My most fervent wish is that i I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Ginsburg’s death will have profound consequences for the court and the country. This is a sad day.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 87.