How Old Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court appointment incited plenty of debate across the country. One reason why the decision was so important? Because Kavanaugh is very young, and since Supreme Court justices serve for life (unless they’re impeached or retire), he’ll likely serve for decades.

The new appointment raises all sorts of questions about the future of the highest court in the land. And one thing people are wondering is how old the current Supreme Court justices are and what the court will look like in 1, 5, or even 10 years.

How old is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2006

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2006 | Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

RBG, as she’s affectionately known, was born on March 15, 1933. That means she was 85 years old in 2018 on the day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on August 10, 1993 when she was 60 years old.

She represents a minority on the Supreme Court

In the entire history of the Supreme Court, only four women have ever been appointed as justices, and RBG was the second. For a time after Sandra Day O’Connor retired, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the only female serving. Eventually, two more women, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, were appointed and are still serving on the Supreme Court now.

She went to Ivy League schools

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. Her mother, who she has said is one of her biggest sources of inspiration, passed away before Ginsburg graduated high school. RBG got her Bachelor’s degree at Cornell University before attending Harvard Law School as one of the few women in her class. She eventually transferred to Columbia Law School and graduated tied with one other person for first in her class.

Her career began in higher education

Before she became a Supreme Court justice, RBG was a professor at Rutgers School of Law and Columbia Law School. She was one of the few women who taught the subject of civil procedures. During this time she also became an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality and served as a volunteer lawyer and board of directors member for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. She held this job until being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton.

Many women (and men) look up to her

Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t just break the gender barrier both in college and on the Supreme Court. She also spent her career making her opinions known and fighting to change legislation which she found unjust. RBG co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU in 1972, and since then the projects have participated in over 300 gender discrimination cases. She’s been an outspoken proponent of equality for the entirety of her career and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.