Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933, Brooklyn, New York) is an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The first Jewish woman to serve on the highest court of the United States, she was appointed in 1993 by President William Jefferson Clinton. Prior to serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg worked for most of her career for left-wing activist organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union.

After being seated on the Court, Ginsburg gained some degree of notoriety as being one of its two most left-wing justices. One of her most controversial positions is her support of the use of international law in the formulation of U.S. Supreme Court opinions in spite of the fact that the Court's authority to issue legal rulings derives from and is limited to the United States Constitution.[1]


  1. see Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005).

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