Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cancer survivor and pioneer for women, dies at 87.

September 19, 2020

On September 18, 2020, it was announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died after five bouts with cancer (including colon, lung, and most recently metastatic pancreatic cancer). Justice Ginsburg was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999. In a focus on the personal side of this story, Time magazine recounts her experience and how it reflects the journey some other patients face when undergoing treatment.

Justice Ginsburg was the 2nd woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed during the Clinton Administration, and went on to serve for 27 years on the nation’s highest court. She attended Cornell University and Harvard Law School—along with her husband Martin Ginsburg who was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his studies (and died in 2010). Justice Ginsburg ultimately graduated from Columbia Law School, tying for first in her class at graduation in 1959. She went on to clerk for a federal district court judge, serve as a tenured professor at Columbia Law School, and direct the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project. Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer for women and a beacon for people living with cancer. The Cancer Support Community mourns the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.