Ginsburg Sworn in as 107th Justice and 2nd Woman on Supreme Court

By Joan Biskupic
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 11, 1993

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the 107th Supreme Court justice yesterday, sworn in at a small private ceremony in the court's oak-paneled Conference Room, a secretive place where the justices decide how to rule on cases.

While her husband, Martin, held the Bible, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist administered the judicial oath, and Ginsburg promised to provide "justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich."

Immediately after the court investiture, she attended a nationally televised ceremony at the White House where, in the chandeliered East Room, she took the constitutional oath required of all federal employees. In it, Ginsburg swore to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . ."

Looking out at the standing-room-only audience of family, friends and dignitaries, Ginsburg then pledged to "try in every way to justify {President Clinton's} faith in me."

With Clinton and Rehnquist standing at her side, the court's second female appointee spoke about the value of diversity and said she expects to see the day when as many women as men are appointed to the federal bench.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg's greatest challenge lies ahead," Clinton said, "a challenge to which she brings a powerful mind, a temperament for healing, a compassionate heart, a lifetime of experience.

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