Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Legacy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday night at age 87 from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to The New York Times. She was only the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court and is being remembered for her many contributions.

Ginsburg, also affectionately dubbed “Notorious RBG” and the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, was appointed to the bench in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, according to CNN. She was known for her dedication, often working into the early morning hours on cases. Ginsburg also served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing and was known for her progressive votes on big social issues, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, health care, and affirmative action.

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg told granddaughter, Clara Spera, not long before her death, according to NPR.

Ginsburg achieved rock star status even with her granddaughter’s generation and was greeted by standing ovations at her speeches. She was also known for her famous exercise regimen and her fiery dissents. Ginsburg, who had suffered from five bouts of cancer, died surrounded by her family at home in Washington, D.C., the court said.

A private service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Meanwhile, a political war is now being waged over her empty seat.