Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second female justice of the United States Supreme Court. Before she was named to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she served the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. In her early career, Ginsburg studied at Cornell University and Harvard Law School where there was only eight women in a class of 500, so she eventually transferred to Columbia Law School where she received her law degree. After graduating, for nearly 20 years, Ginsburg taught at both Rutgers University Law School and Columbia, where she became the school’s first tenured female professor. During this time, she also served as the Director of the Women’s Right’s Project of the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for gender equality. Then, in 1980 that’s when President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which she proceeded with her position now as a Supreme Court justice. Ginsburg is considered one of the more progressive justices with a strong voice in gender equality and women’s rights.
In addition to playing a pivotal role in a number of controversial issues, Ginsburg is known by many, including her many loyal fans and supporters, as ‘The Notorious RBG’, which she happily responds to. Though she’s very different from the actual Notorious B.I.G., who would celebrate his success by smoking marijuana, Ginsburg would support him in doing so. When many Supreme Court justices expressed doubt that sick patients should be allowed to consume prescribed medical marijuana, Ginsburg disagreed because cannabis grown by or given to sick patients does not amount to interstate commerce and should not be subject to federal drug law. Instead, the United States drug policy should be reformed, with less criminal penalties and more drug abuse clinics.