Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fast Facts

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

Here is a look at the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice.

Birth date:
March 15, 1933
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name: Joan Ruth Bader
    Father: Nathan Bader, merchant
    Mother: Celia (Amster) Bader
    Marriage: Martin David Ginsburg (June 23, 1954-June 27, 2010, his death)
    Children: Jane Carol and James Steven
    Education: Cornell University, B.A., 1954; Harvard Law School, 1956-1958; Kent scholar, Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1959
    Religion: Jewish
    Other Facts:
    Served on the DC federal appeals court with Justice Clarence Thomas.
    Launched American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women's Rights Project.
    Named one of Forbes Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women from 2004 through 2011.
    Nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
    1959-1961 -
    Law clerk to a judge in the US District Court, Southern District of New York.
    1961-1963 - Research Associate and Associate Director, Project of International Procedure at Columbia Law School.
    1963-1972 - Professor at Rutgers University School of Law.
    1972-1980 - Professor at Columbia University School of Law; the first woman to be hired with tenure at Columbia University School of Law.
    1973-1980 - General Counsel for the ACLU.
    1977-1978 - Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California.
    1980-1993 - Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
    August 10, 1993 - Is sworn in as Supreme Court Justice filling the seat held by Justice Byron White.
    September 1999 - Has successful surgery for colon cancer.
    October 1999-June 2000 - Undergoes chemotherapy for colon cancer following the surgery.
    December 12, 2000 - Is one of the four dissenting votes in Bush V. Gore which resolves the disputed 2000 Presidential election in favor of Texas Governor George W. Bush.
    October 5, 2002 - Is inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
    January 26, 2007 - In a speech at Suffolk Law School, she says she dislikes being the only woman on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg says she has disagreed with former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor "on a lot of important questions, but we have had the experience of growing up women and we have certain sensitivities that our male colleagues lack."
    February 5-13, 2009 - Has surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer.
    March 17, 2009 - It is announced that Ginsburg will be undergoing chemotherapy to treat her pancreatic cancer.
    August 9, 2010 - Receives the American Bar Association's highest honor, the ABA medal.
    August 31, 2013 - Becomes the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony.
    February 20, 2016 - Attends the funeral of her High Court colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Ginsburg was a longtime family friend of Justice Scalia, he once said they were an "odd couple" and he counted her as his "best buddy" on the bench.
    January 2018 - Indicates, by the hiring of law clerks for at least two more terms, the intention to stay on the Supreme Court bench at least until 2020.