(CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at age 87 on Friday, reached the heights of power at her own pace, always recalibrating the time she put to family and her pioneering career.

“There is no man, no woman, who has it all,” she remarked in one interview with me as we sat in her oak-paneled chambers filled with contemporary art. “Life just isn’t that way.”In my last one-on-one session in her chambers, in January 2020 as a fire crackled, she had more pressing health concerns on her mind: “I’m cancer free. That’s good.” A year earlier she had undergone lung cancer surgery and, a few months after that, had endured a second pancreatic cancer scare.For nearly two decades, Ginsburg permitted me to visit her private office to gather information for books I wrote about the Supreme Court and for my daily journalism work. Justices rarely open their doors to reporters, and I never took these sessions for granted. The nine members of the bench operate behind layers of security and a desire for secrecy as they decide the law of the land. Some justices go to great lengths to control their public images.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87But Ginsburg was generous with the time she gave me, and she became more open over the years. She spoke most readily about the women’s rights issues that brought her national attention as an American Civil Liberties Union advocate in the 1970s. In time, she offered thoughts on other legal issues, the political dilemmas of the day and her personal dealings with her colleagues.Read MoreShe addressed how liberals had wanted her to retire while President Barack Obama was still in office and recounted a private lunch with him at the White House.Our most politically charged conversation came in July 2016, when I asked her if she had had second thoughts about her quips on possibly moving to New Zealand if Donald Trump won the presidency. Her remarks, which had been published by other news organizations before my visit, were drawing criticism for breaching judicial temperament.Rather than back down, Ginsburg escalated. “He’s a faker,” she told me. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.” This criticism of Trump, published on CNN, ratcheted up complaints from the right and left that she had violated judicial decorum by expressing her views on the presidential race. Candidate Trump called on her to resign. “Her mind is shot,” he declared on Twitter.A few days later, Ginsburg issued a statement saying she regretted speaking so candidly.Ruth Bader Ginsburg's most notable Supreme Court decisions and dissentsRuth Bader Ginsburg's most notable Supreme Court decisions and dissentsRuth Bader Ginsburg's most notable Supreme Court decisions and dissentsAbout a year ago, in August 2019, following her fourth cancer ordeal, we were on the same plane as she traveled to Buffalo, New York, for her first appearance after undergoing radiation for newly discovered pancreatic cancer. Waiting for takeoff, she worked on a draft of the speech she was to deliver. She had just completed radiation treatment but did not want to cancel the commitment. The old friend who had persuaded her to schedule the University of Buffalo visits had recently died. Ginsburg did not want to pull out because of her own health problems. Within weeks that fall, she followed up with scheduled appearances in Washington; New York; Little Rock, Arkansas; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Chicago.Ginsburg wanted to stay in the public eye as much as possible. A little over a decade earlier, when she was being treated for her first occurrence of pancreatic cancer, she explained the importance of being visible. In the middle of difficult radiation treatment, she chose to attend Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. At the time, February 2009, she was the lone female justice on the bench.”First, I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn’t all male,” Ginsburg told me afterward. “I also wanted them to see I was alive and well, contrary to that senator who said I’d be dead within nine months.” (She was referring to the late Sen. Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican who had predicted her cancer was so serious it likely would kill her.)Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgTributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA man holds a sign on the steps of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.A man holds a sign on the steps of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA man holds a sign on the steps of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.Hide Caption 1 of 15People gather on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington.People gather on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgPeople gather on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington.Hide Caption 2 of 15A person pauses to photograph a painting in a Manhattan storefront on Broadway of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18. A person pauses to photograph a painting in a Manhattan storefront on Broadway of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA person pauses to photograph a painting in a Manhattan storefront on Broadway of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18. Hide Caption 3 of 15Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President <a href="https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-death-live-updates/h_313cd86841ff89edc3d55da1cd6796b5" target="_blank">Joe Biden speaks to reporters</a> about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County Airport after a trip to Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday in Delaware. "My heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her," Biden said. "She practiced the highest American ideals as a justice; equality and justice under the law, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. As I said, she was a beloved figure."Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President <a href="https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-death-live-updates/h_313cd86841ff89edc3d55da1cd6796b5" target="_blank">Joe Biden speaks to reporters</a> about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County Airport after a trip to Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday in Delaware. "My heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her," Biden said. "She practiced the highest American ideals as a justice; equality and justice under the law, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. As I said, she was a beloved figure." Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgDemocratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County Airport after a trip to Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday in Delaware. “My heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her,” Biden said. “She practiced the highest American ideals as a justice; equality and justice under the law, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. As I said, she was a beloved figure.”Hide Caption 4 of 15The national flag flies at half staff as people gather to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the steps in front of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18. The national flag flies at half staff as people gather to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the steps in front of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgThe national flag flies at half staff as people gather to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the steps in front of the Supreme Court on Friday, September 18. Hide Caption 5 of 15People leave flowers and candles as a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.People leave flowers and candles as a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgPeople leave flowers and candles as a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.Hide Caption 6 of 15A video board showing virtual fans includes a cutout of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center left, and the late Kobe Bryant, center right, during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets on Friday, September 18, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.A video board showing virtual fans includes a cutout of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center left, and the late Kobe Bryant, center right, during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets on Friday, September 18, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA video board showing virtual fans includes a cutout of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center left, and the late Kobe Bryant, center right, during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets on Friday, September 18, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.Hide Caption 7 of 15A couple hugs outside the Supreme Court on September 18 in Washington. A couple hugs outside the Supreme Court on September 18 in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA couple hugs outside the Supreme Court on September 18 in Washington. Hide Caption 8 of 15A group of women hold candles as they gather in front of the US Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington. A group of women hold candles as they gather in front of the US Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA group of women hold candles as they gather in front of the US Supreme Court on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Hide Caption 9 of 15<a href="https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-death-live-updates/h_35b64598bd2a5a6de197c568d91270f5" target="_blank">President Donald Trump speaks</a> about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport in Minnesota on Friday. "She led an amazing life. What else can you say?" Trump said. "She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."<a href="https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-death-live-updates/h_35b64598bd2a5a6de197c568d91270f5" target="_blank">President Donald Trump speaks</a> about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport in Minnesota on Friday. "She led an amazing life. What else can you say?" Trump said. "She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life." Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgPresident Donald Trump speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport in Minnesota on Friday. “She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump said. “She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.”Hide Caption 10 of 15Mourners place flowers and notes of condolence outside the Supreme Court.Mourners place flowers and notes of condolence outside the Supreme Court. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgMourners place flowers and notes of condolence outside the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 11 of 15A bouquet of flowers is left outside of the US Supreme Court. A bouquet of flowers is left outside of the US Supreme Court. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgA bouquet of flowers is left outside of the US Supreme Court. Hide Caption 12 of 15Women leave flowers at the doors of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.Women leave flowers at the doors of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgWomen leave flowers at the doors of the US Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, in Washington.Hide Caption 13 of 15People light a candle to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. People light a candle to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgPeople light a candle to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hide Caption 14 of 15The American flag flies at half staff following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday, September 18, in Washington. The American flag flies at half staff following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Photos: Tributes pour in for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgThe American flag flies at half staff following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday, September 18, in Washington. Hide Caption 15 of 1520 ginsburg scotus 091823 ginsburg SCOTUS 091811b ginsburg new york03 joe biden ruth bader ginsburg reaction14 ginsburg SCOTUS 091821 ginsburg SCOTUS 091821 ginsburg reax 091812 ginsburg SCOTUS19 ginsburg scotus 091801 trump ginsburg reaction 091809 ginsburg SCOTUS 091806 ginsburg SCOTUS 091818 ginsburg SCOTUS 091805 ginsburg SCOTUS 091802 ginsburg SCOTUS 0918Ginsburg possessed a cheeky humor but was never brazen. She spoke slowly, with long pauses between sentences. In her chambers, bookshelves and tables were filled with family photos and mementos of her legal milestones, which included arguing six cases before the Supreme Court as a women’s rights lawyer.She used a special cupboard for the elaborate collars and jabots she wore over her black robe. Off the bench, she dressed in colorful designer dresses, jackets and shawls. She enjoyed fashion and sometimes talked about the boutiques she had visited in her travels.As a lawyer and justice, Ginsburg was exacting. She also admitted when she was wrong. And as a working mother, she never presented herself as perfect.When daughter Jane was born in 1955, Ginsburg said she was afraid to pick her up. “I was scared to death of her,” she told me in a 2012 conversation. “My natural reaction to Jane was that she would break.”It was during that interview that Ginsburg rejected the assertion of commentators who declared that men, but not women, could “have it all” in the realms of home and work.Neither men nor women could have all they wanted, she said, at any one time in life. Ginsburg’s mantra, instead, was: All in good time. “What you do appreciate at my distance,” she said as she was nearing age 80, “is that the time during which child care is a major part of your life is relatively brief.”Hear RBG's most memorable speechesHear RBG's most memorable speechesRuth Bader Ginsburg most memorable speeches ak orig_00000000JUST WATCHEDHear RBG’s most memorable speechesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Hear RBG’s most memorable speeches 02:44Learning from O’Connor; wanting to ‘strangle’ ScaliaMy interviews with Ginsburg began two decades ago as I began researching a 2005 biography of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice. Ginsburg became the second woman on the bench, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.Ginsburg described how O’Connor had reacted when Ginsburg sought her advice regarding the first opinion then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist had assigned her to write. Usually the first assignment for a new justice is a relatively easy unanimous case, but Rehnquist gave Ginsburg a complicated pension dispute.”Sandra, how can he do this to me?” Ginsburg said to O’Connor.How RBG welcomed Neil Gorsuch to the benchHow RBG welcomed Neil Gorsuch to the benchHow RBG welcomed Neil Gorsuch to the benchJUST WATCHEDHow RBG welcomed Neil Gorsuch to the benchReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

How RBG welcomed Neil Gorsuch to the bench 02:30″Ruth, you just do it,” O’Connor answered bluntly, “and get your opinion in circulation before he makes the next set of assignments.”As Ginsburg related the story, she said of the no-nonsense O’Connor: “That is so typical Sandra.” O’Connor, who grew up on a ranch, exuded determination in all things. She had been an Arizona state legislator before becoming a judge and had the distinction of being the first female majority leader of any state Senate nationwide. Like Ginsburg, who raised two children, O’Connor managed her career and motherhood, with three sons.But the women differed in style and legal substance, and Ginsburg sometimes marveled that she, a Brooklyn-born liberal, had forged a deep friendship on the bench with Arizona Republican O’Connor.In our early interviews, Ginsburg spoke readily about Justice Antonin Scalia, another one of my book subjects. Ginsburg and “Nino” had become close when first serving together on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. They were ideological opposites but often exchanged drafts of opinions as they worked out arguments. They traveled together, shared a love for opera and celebrated New Year’s Eve at an annual dinner with spouses.As dear as Scalia was to Ginsburg, he became a thorn in the side of O’Connor. It perturbed him that the conservative Reagan appointee searched for a middle ground on the law. After O’Connor balked at striking down abortion rights in a 1989 case, he said her rationale “cannot be taken seriously.”RBG's jabots are much more than an accessoryRBG's jabots are much more than an accessoryrbg film collars_00002622JUST WATCHEDRBG’s jabots are much more than an accessoryReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

RBG’s jabots are much more than an accessory 00:52Ginsburg told me, “Nino, in my view, sometimes does go overboard. It would be better if he dropped things like: ‘This opinion is not to be taken seriously.’ He might have been more influential here if he did not do that.””I love him,” she added of Scalia. “But sometimes I’d like to strangle him.”Actually, Ginsburg initially said she wanted to “wring his neck,” but she quickly amended the phrase, perhaps thinking it sounded too aggressive. She often repeated her mother’s adage that she should always act like a lady even as she spoke her own mind.Scalia was a constant topic for us, particularly from 2006 to 2009, when I was focused on his biography. “There are few of us who have such confidence that we are right,” she declared of Scalia’s approach to the law and life.During this period, Ginsburg was the only woman on the bench. O’Connor had retired in January 2006, and Sonia Sotomayor, the third female justice, did not join the high court until August 2009, appointed by Obama.Ginsburg was missing O’Connor in these years, particularly during the justices’ closed-door sessions known as “the conference,” when they privately discuss which appeals to hear and how to rule on cases after oral arguments are held.EXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights caseEXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights caseEXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights case“At the conference, she spoke long before I did,” Ginsburg said, referring to O’Connor’s seniority and the traditional order of the nine justices at the table. “She is not an on-the-one-hand, on-the-other hand person.”Ginsburg recalled that her own views were sometimes discounted in the justices’ sessions, in the same vein as when she was a young lawyer. “I don’t know how many meetings I attended in the ’60s and the ’70s, where I would say something, and I thought it was a pretty good idea. … Then somebody else would say exactly what I said. Then people would become alert to it, respond to it.””It can happen even in the conferences in the court,” she continued in this spring 2009 interview, “when I will say something — and I don’t think I’m a confused speaker — and it isn’t until somebody else says it that everyone will focus on that point.” Some of her male colleagues later told me they were surprised by her comments.On occasion, readers questioned whether Ginsburg was trying to send a message to the other justices through me. I brushed off that suggestion. Ginsburg was able to speak her mind and skilled at persuasion. And she never knew for certain when anything she told me would be published.The Supreme Court's odd coupleThe Supreme Court's odd coupleThe Supreme Court's odd coupleJUST WATCHEDThe Supreme Court’s odd coupleReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

The Supreme Court’s odd couple 02:00One such incident occurred in spring 2009, when I wrote about Ginsburg’s views of a then-pending case involving an eighth-grade girl who had been strip-searched for the drug ibuprofen at her Arizona school. I brought the dispute up with Ginsburg because of the frustration she had displayed at oral arguments when her colleagues minimized the girl’s ordeal.”They have never been a 13-year-old girl. It’s a very sensitive age for a girl. I don’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood. … Maybe a 13-year-old boy in a locker room doesn’t have that same feeling about his body. But a girl who’s just at the age where she is developing, whether or has developed a lot …. Or … has not developed at all (might be) embarrassed about that.”In the end, the majority ruled in the case of Safford Unified School District v. Redding that the search was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.Changes at the courtOver the past decade, Ginsburg’s work and home life underwent significant changes. Most personally, her husband of 56 years, Martin, died after a struggle with cancer. “I miss Marty enormously,” she later told me. “I think of him 100 times a day.” Ginsburg also became the leader of the left wing of the court in 2010, as Justice John Paul Stevens retired. She embraced that role, operating more strategically with her colleagues on the left and writing stronger dissents for that bloc. She said she felt a stronger sense of mission. “I know that’s what he would have wanted,” she said of Marty.In 2010, Elena Kagan joined the court. “I like the idea that we’re all over the bench,” Ginsburg said of the three women on the nine-member court in 2011. “It says women are here to stay.”In photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 1 of 53Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old.Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old.Hide Caption 2 of 53A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook.A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook.Hide Caption 3 of 53Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946.Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946.Hide Caption 4 of 53Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946.Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946.Hide Caption 5 of 53Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin's wedding in 1951.Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin's wedding in 1951. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin’s wedding in 1951.Hide Caption 6 of 53Ginsburg met her husband, Martin,<strong> </strong>while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953.Ginsburg met her husband, Martin,<strong> </strong>while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg met her husband, Martin, while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953.Hide Caption 7 of 53Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time.Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time.Hide Caption 8 of 53The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965.The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965.Hide Caption 9 of 53A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.Hide Caption 10 of 53Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James.Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James.Hide Caption 11 of 53Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law.Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law.Hide Caption 12 of 53Ginsburg, her husband and their two children -- James and Jane -- pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979.Ginsburg, her husband and their two children -- James and Jane -- pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, her husband and their two children — James and Jane — pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979.Hide Caption 13 of 53In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals' District of Columbia Circuit.In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals' District of Columbia Circuit. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals’ District of Columbia Circuit.Hide Caption 14 of 53Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington.Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington.Hide Caption 15 of 53Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985.Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985.Hide Caption 16 of 53Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988.Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988.Hide Caption 17 of 53Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show "Reading Rainbow" in 1993.Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show "Reading Rainbow" in 1993. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show “Reading Rainbow” in 1993.Hide Caption 18 of 53President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing "the toothbrush song" with Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing "the toothbrush song" with Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing “the toothbrush song” with Ginsburg’s granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. Hide Caption 19 of 53Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie.Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie.Hide Caption 20 of 53Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Hide Caption 21 of 53During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled "My Grandma is Very Special." It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson.During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled "My Grandma is Very Special." It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled “My Grandma is Very Special.” It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson.Hide Caption 22 of 53Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg.Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg.Hide Caption 23 of 53Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera.Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera.Hide Caption 24 of 53Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010.Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010.Hide Caption 25 of 53This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun.This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun.Hide Caption 26 of 53Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an "odd couple" and he counted her as his "best buddy" on the bench.Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an "odd couple" and he counted her as his "best buddy" on the bench. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an “odd couple” and he counted her as his “best buddy” on the bench.Hide Caption 27 of 53Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of "Ariadne auf Naxos," an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994.Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of "Ariadne auf Naxos," an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of “Ariadne auf Naxos,” an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994.Hide Caption 28 of 53Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women's basketball team in December 1995.Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women's basketball team in December 1995. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women’s basketball team in December 1995.Hide Caption 29 of 53Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York's Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller.Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York's Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York’s Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller.Hide Caption 30 of 53Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002.Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002.Hide Caption 31 of 53Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003.Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003.Hide Caption 32 of 53Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003.Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003.Hide Caption 33 of 53 Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State.  Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State. Hide Caption 34 of 53From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007.From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007.Hide Caption 35 of 53Ginsburg wears a "Super Diva" sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Ginsburg wears a "Super Diva" sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg wears a “Super Diva” sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Hide Caption 36 of 53Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series "The Jewish Americans" in 2008.Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series "The Jewish Americans" in 2008. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series “The Jewish Americans” in 2008.Hide Caption 37 of 53Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer.Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer.Hide Caption 38 of 53The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.Hide Caption 39 of 53While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree.While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree.Hide Caption 40 of 53Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012.Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012.Hide Caption 41 of 53Ginsburg celebrates her 20th anniversary on the bench in Washington, on Friday, August 30, 2013.Ginsburg celebrates her 20th anniversary on the bench in Washington, on Friday, August 30, 2013. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg celebrates her 20th anniversary on the bench in Washington, on Friday, August 30, 2013.Hide Caption 42 of 53President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington. Ginsburg didn't shy away from fashion. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-scrunchies/index.html" target="_blank">She often accessorized</a> her black robe with her intricate lace collars and an array of different gloves.President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington. Ginsburg didn't shy away from fashion. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-scrunchies/index.html" target="_blank">She often accessorized</a> her black robe with her intricate lace collars and an array of different gloves. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington. Ginsburg didn’t shy away from fashion. She often accessorized her black robe with her intricate lace collars and an array of different gloves.Hide Caption 43 of 53Ginsburg, with an extra from "Carmen," attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015.Ginsburg, with an extra from "Carmen," attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, with an extra from “Carmen,” attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015.Hide Caption 44 of 53Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017.Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017.Hide Caption 45 of 53Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University's law school in February 2018.Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University's law school in February 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University’s law school in February 2018.Hide Caption 46 of 53Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018.Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018.Hide Caption 47 of 53Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018.Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018.Hide Caption 48 of 53The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito.The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito.Hide Caption 49 of 53Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019.Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019.Hide Caption 50 of 53Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer.  While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/26/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-health/index.html" target="_blank">she made remarks</a> and briefly referenced her health.Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer.  While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/26/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-health/index.html" target="_blank">she made remarks</a> and briefly referenced her health. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer. While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, she made remarks and briefly referenced her health.Hide Caption 51 of 53In December 2019, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-lawyer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.</a> She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women.In December 2019, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-lawyer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.</a> She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In December 2019, Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture. She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women.Hide Caption 52 of 53Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.Hide Caption 53 of 5301 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 02 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 03 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 04 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 05 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 08 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 07 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 09 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 06 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 12 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 13 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 11 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 14 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 10 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 16 ALT  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 17 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 18 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 27 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED21 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 20 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 23 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 28 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 25 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 26 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 22 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 19 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 15 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 31 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 32 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 33 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 34 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 33 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg35 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 37 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 39 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 38 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 40 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 41 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 42 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 43 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 44 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED ruth bader ginsburg FILE 20130830ruth bader ginsburg 2015012047 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 49 justice ruth bader ginsberg ruth bader ginsburg 0205 RESTRICTEDruth bader ginsburg 2018 columbia university RESTRICTEDruth bader ginsburg 11161802 SCOTUS class picture 2018ruth bader ginsburg 072202 RBG Buffalo 0826ruth bader ginsburg dec 2019 ruth bader ginsburg fevb 2020She also enjoyed watching Kagan spar rhetorically with Chief Justice John Roberts in the behind-the-scenes drafting process. Kagan “is just a delight,” Ginsburg told me, “and very solid on substance.”She and Kagan, along with Justices Stephen Breyer and Sotomayor, were often in dissent as the conservative Roberts majority only became stronger. “We have really tried hard not to be splintered,” she told me in 2013, “to give a solidity to the dissent.Health and pressure to retireAfter Ginsburg survived colorectal cancer in 1999 and the first bout with pancreatic cancer in 2009, her health became a major topic of public interest. I began following up on even minor incidents. In summer 2012, Scalia told me she had slipped and fractured her ribs in the spring. So when I visited Ginsburg soon after my Scalia conversation, I asked how she was feeling. She downplayed the rib injury. She said there was nothing to do but work through the pain. It just so happened that the rib fracture occurred as she was navigating with her colleagues the difficult constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.The physical resilience of Ginsburg, then 79, continued to amaze me. When I went to see her at the close of the next year’s session, in 2013, I offhandedly asked whether she had again fallen. I did not expect the answer I received.Hear RBG call into oral arguments from the hospitalHear RBG call into oral arguments from the hospitalHear RBG call into oral arguments from the hospitalJUST WATCHEDHear RBG call into oral arguments from the hospitalReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Hear RBG call into oral arguments from the hospital 01:16″Yes, I fell,” she said. “It was almost identical” to what had happened a year earlier. “I knew immediately what it was this time. They wanted to send me to … the emergency room, and I said, no, absolutely not. … There’s nothing you could do. You just live on painkillers for awhile.”Ginsburg plowed through the vicissitudes of life and, as she reached 80, rebuffed retirement suggestions, particularly from liberals who wanted her to step down while a Democrat was in the White House. In 2014, I received a tip that Obama had privately invited Ginsburg to lunch a few months earlier. I could not help but wonder whether Obama was exploring the possibility that she might soon retire. I asked the justice how their time together had gone.”They’ve got a very good chef at the White House,” Ginsburg began. “The problem for me is the President eats very fast. And I eat very slowly. I barely finished my first course when they brought the second. Then the President was done, and I realized that he had important things to do with his time.”Ginsburg rejected my questions about whether he might have been fishing for any sign, as they dined alone, of her retirement plans.”I don’t think he was fishing,” she said.When I asked why she thought he had invited her, she said, “Maybe to talk about the court. Maybe because he likes me. I like him.”The soft power impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's decorative collarsThe soft power impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's decorative collarsThe soft power impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's decorative collarsI raised the possibility that Obama might have been trying to send her a message, perhaps to encourage her to step down while he was still in office. She rejected that possibility and said flatly: “If the President invites you, probably a part of you says, ‘Don’t question it. Just go.'”In these years, some liberals feared that if Ginsburg did not leave while Democrat Obama was in office, she might be forced due to illness to leave during a Republican presidency, which would bolster the conservative majority.Ginsburg said it was unlikely that Obama would been able to win confirmation of another liberal, irrespective of timing. At one point in 2014, she asked me rhetorically, “So tell me who the President could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?”Less than two years later, it was Scalia who was suddenly gone. He died at a remote hunting lodge in Texas on a vacation.”My first reaction was I was supposed to go first,” Ginsburg later told me. “I’m three years older. My second thought was, well, we all have to go sometimes.”Referring to Scalia’s apparently dying in his sleep, she said, “It’s the best you can do.”The justice and I talked again in January 2018, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, when CNN Films premiered the Emmy-nominated documentary film “RBG.” President Trump was beginning his second year in office and there was a chance he would soon have an appointment to the high court. But the subjects of our conversations were light, related to travel and family. She always asked about my daughter, who shared her passions for opera and theater.In July 2019, Ginsburg spoke at Georgetown Law School about her life and career, and I moderated a panel afterward that featured women who had followed her path in the law and on the bench.Many of Ginsburg’s comments related to the balance she had struck with her husband to allow them both to pursue professional goals. She said she had concentrated on home and family when Marty was working long hours to become a partner at a law firm.”Then it switched,” she told the Georgetown Law audience, “when the women’s movement came alive at the end of the ’60s, and Marty realized that what I was doing was very important.”She described him as her “biggest booster,” and he might not have surprised at the celebrity status she achieved, had he lived to see it, when the “Notorious RBG” meme first went viral in 2013.How RBG became an equal rights iconHow RBG became an equal rights iconrbg effect work_00010302JUST WATCHEDHow RBG became an equal rights iconReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

How RBG became an equal rights icon 01:00A visit to talk about civil procedureMy last session with RBG in chambers occurred in January 2020. I asked if I could see her to discuss her interest in civil procedure, which dated to her law school days at Harvard and deepened as she compared the US and Swedish legal systems early in her legal career. Civil procedure covers the rules for who can sue and when, and with what particular claims. I had noticed that Ginsburg seemed to be focused more on procedural flaws in cases, for example, that a claim was moot, perhaps as a way to blunt the effort by the court’s five conservative justices to set new precedents on the merits of disputes.It was during that interview that she told me she was in good health, “cancer free.” She then quickly produced a sheet of paper that held a “favorite quote,” from a 1943 case. “The history of liberty,” Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote in McNabb v. US, “has largely been the history of observance of procedural safeguards.”She seemed delighted to have reason to recall her first civil procedure course at Harvard and her drive to volunteer as much as possible when the professor asked questions. I told her that Scalia had once described her as “a tigress on civil procedure.””She has done more to shape the law in this field than any other justice on this court,” he had told me. “She will take a lawyer who is making a ridiculous argument and just shake him like a dog with a bone.””I wish he had listened to me more often,” Ginsburg responded during our January conversation.Colbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workoutColbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workoutColbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workoutJUST WATCHEDColbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workoutReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Colbert attempts Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout 01:03She shuddered as she recounted a 2011 case in which, she said, Scalia and other conservatives had “picked up” enough votes to deprive her of a majority on a civil procedure issue. Before that case, she told me, “I was really on a roll.”When I left her chambers, she was still clutching the Frankfurter quote. With her reminiscences of law school competition and high court rivalry, Ginsburg exuded an enduring youthfulness, along with the intensity of the modern “RBG.”Just a few months earlier I had watched her bask in the appreciation of audiences — multiple standing ovations — at the University of Buffalo.Declared Ginsburg: “It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day become the ‘Notorious RBG.'”

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