Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.
The Associate Justice passed away from complications due to metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87. Ginsburg had sat on the Court since 1993.
The Hill reports:
Her first major opinion as a justice came in 1996 when she wrote the majority decision in United States v. Virginia. The ruling struck down the Virginia Military Institute’s 157-year-old policy of male-only admissions as unconstitutional, and set a stricter legal standard for government action that treats men and women differently.
“Women seeking and fit for a VMI-quality education cannot be offered anything less under the state’s obligation to afford them genuinely equal protection,” Ginsburg wrote in the 7-1 decision.
Ginsburg also gained renown for her cogent and sharply worded dissents.
According to Linda Greenhouse, a longtime Supreme Court reporter and analyst for the New York Times, it was through Ginsburg’s dissenting opinions during the mid-2000s that she “found her voice, and used it.”
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