"Civil liberties are an essential part of the overall human rights concern -- the equality of all people and the ability to be free."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- )
LLD 1994 (hon.)
Through her example and her work as a lawyer, law professor, and jurist, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a tremendous impact on the effort to end gender discrimination in America. As general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project in the 1970s, she argued a series of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that strengthened constitutional safeguards of sexual equality. In 1980, President Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. When President Clinton nominated her to fill the seat vacated by Associate Justice Byron R. White in 1993, Ginsburg became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.