Associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died.
The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 87. Ginsburg had survived four cancer treatments going back to 1999.
"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said . "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice."
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ginsberg found it difficult to gain employment at the start of her legal career, even though she earned her law degree at Columbia and tied for first in her class. She was rejected due to gender discrimination.
She went on to make gender equality the backbone of her career, co-founding the Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women's rights. Ginsburg also co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU
President Bill Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on June 14, 1993, to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Byron White.
Ginsburg died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., the court said. A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
She was commonly referred to as #RBG wanted to wait for her nineties before making her exit from the highest court in the land.