It is difficult to imagine the Supreme Court without Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 3, 1993, in a vote of 96-3. For over a quarter century, Justice Ginsburg advanced equality and fairness while reaffirming that the rights established in the Constitution belong to all Americans regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.
In the decades prior to her Supreme Court appointment, Ginsburg served as a trailblazer in advancing the roles of women in the workplace and society. She founded the Women Rights Project, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a year later became its general counsel. She argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. Her approach to combating inequality was prudent, choosing plaintiffs based on discriminatory statutes and building on the success of each judicial win. She is credited with expanding gender rights and equality throughout many areas of law.