Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US Supreme Court Justice who established herself as a trailblazer for women's rights, died from complications with pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 87.
Her husband, Martin Ginsburg, passed away ten years prior, also from cancer.
In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, her supporters are remembering her incredible life, including her love story.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband, Marty, was her best friend. The pair met at Cornell University in the early 1950s, when Ruth was just 17 years old.
Speaking of their meeting in 2016, Ruth Bader Ginsburg told NPR: "Marty Ginsburg was the first boy I met who cared that I had a brain."
In July, 1954, a month after she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Ruth and Marty married.
They moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where Marty was stationed as an officer in the Army Reserve after he was called up for active duty.
The next year, Ruth gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Jane.
In the autumn of 1956, Ruth enrolled in Harvard Law School. She was one of nine women in a class of around 500. One day the Dean of Harvard Law asked Ginsburg, along with the rest of the female law students, “How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?”
Undeterred, Ruth continued to study hard and she eventually made it onto the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
Later, Ruth would transfer to Columbia Law School and become the first woman to be on both the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. Eventually, she become one of the most powerful and esteemed women in the United States.
But her early life wasn’t all smooth-sailing.