Photography

Photos: Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87. She became the second woman on the high court in 1993 and was a legal pioneer for gender equality.

The Washington Post

Ginsburg's high school yearbook photo.

AP

AP

1977 | Working in the 1970s with the American Civil Liberties Union, Ginsburg successfully argued cases before the high court that strategically chipped away at the legal wall of gender discrimination.

July 20, 1993 | Supreme Court Justice nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg testifying before Sen.ate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

Aug. 9, 1993 | Chief Justice William Rehnquist administers the oath of office to Ginsburg, joined by President Bill Clinton

Kort Duce/AFP/Getty Images

Kort Duce/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 1, 1993 | Justice Ginsburg with family members in D.C.

Doug Mills/AP

Doug Mills/AP

April 18, 1997 | Soon-to-be Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with Ginsburg at a fundraising dinner. Ginsburg's husband, Martin, follows her in the reception line.

Susan Biddle/The Washington Post

Susan Biddle/The Washington Post

Oct. 30, 1999 | Ginsburg with husband Martin, right, and Robert Craft, opera board president, at a Kennedy Center event.

Rebecca D'angelo for The Washington Post

Rebecca D'angelo for The Washington Post

Oct. 15, 1999 | Ginsburg speaks at the International Women's Forum in Washington, one month after surgery for colon cancer. In 1972, Ginsburg founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU.

Doug Mills/AP

Doug Mills/AP

1997 | Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her office in Washington, D.C..

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Contour RA by Getty Images

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Contour RA by Getty Images

March 28, 2001 | Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pose for a portrait in Statuary Hall surrounded by statues of men at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C .

David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Jan. 20, 2005 | Ginsburg with Justices Stephen Breyer, left, and John Paul Stevens at the Capitol during President George W. Bush's inauguration.

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Sept. 6, 2005 | From left: Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, O'Connor and Stevens watch as the coffin of Chief Justice William Rehnquist arrives at the court building.

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Jan. 3, 2007 | Ginsburg swears in D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, left.

Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post

Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post

Oct. 23, 2008 | Ginsburg speaks in Princeton, N.J. Three months later, doctors would discover a cancerous tumor in her pancreas during a routine checkup.

Mel Evans/AP

Mel Evans/AP

Jan. 14, 2009 | Ginsburg and her Supreme Court colleagues meet with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden in the week before the pair took office.

Pete Souza/Obama Transition Team/AP

Pete Souza/Obama Transition Team/AP

Sept. 29, 2009 | Ginsburg and her colleagues pose for their official photograph in Washington.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News

Feb. 24, 2009 | Ginsburg arrives for Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress.

Pool photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Pool photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais

March 18, 2015 | Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), right, takes a photo with Justices Elena Kagan, Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor at the Capitol.

Melina Mara

Melina Mara

Jan. 12, 2016 | Obama hugs Ginsburg before his State of the Union address.

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Justice Ginsburg’s survivors include two children, Jane C. Ginsburg and James S. Ginsburg; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Nikki Kahn