Justice Ginsburg, who was only the second woman to sit in the highest court in the US, has been described as a “trailblazer”.
U.S. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87 from complications caused by pancreatic cancer.
Justice Ginsburg died at his home in Washington DC surrounded by his family.
She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and became a women’s rights activist who became the forum for American liberation.
The young women seemed to welcome the judge, affectionately calling him a R Not Notable RBG.
Coming from a working family in Brooklyn, Justice Ginsburg won a series of high-profile sexual harassment cases before being appointed to the Supreme Court.
She was the only second woman in history to sit in the country’s highest court, giving significant votes in landmark decisions for equal rights for women, increasing gay rights, and protecting abortion rights.
Justice Ginsburg once said that although he graduated from his Columbia University class, he found it difficult to find a law firm that was willing to hire him because he had “three strikes against him” – being a Jew, a woman and a mother.
The 87-year-old woman announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy for ulcers on her liver, following a 1999 cancer attack.
Responding to her death, U.S. President Donald Trump said she was a “wonderful woman” and was saddened to hear that she had died.
Former US President George W. Bush described him as a “smart and funny” pedestrian, saying he was “lucky” to know him.
Hillary Clinton said she “paved the way for many women, including me”.
Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr. was also one of the first to pay tribute, saying: “Our nation has historically lost a man.
Speaking about her popularity with politics, Donald Trump’s son Eric wrote on Twitter: “Justice Ginsburg was an outstanding woman with an amazing career. She was a true hero and she has my absolute respect! #RIP.”
She was a celebrity in the United States and many celebrities were honored, including Hollywood actress Brie Larson, who said: “Thank you, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We will continue to visit every place we have not been invited to.”
Author and actress Mindy Kaling wrote: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a genius and a patriot who enjoys explaining your children.
The death of Justice Ginsburg more than six weeks before the US election will have serious consequences and could spark a heated debate over who should replace him in a popular court.
President Donald Trump is likely to try to force his successor through the Republican-led Senate, moving the court forward to the right.
Mr Trump is likely to remove a nominee in the coming days, according to ABC News, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the Senate will vote in a presidential election.
But Democrats say the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of the election is known.
President Joe Biden’s optimism, who described Justice Ginsburg as “an American hero”, pointed to a Republican Senate decision in 2016 not to appoint a successor to Judge Antonin Scalia until this year’s election.
In a statement to his daughter a few days before his death, Justice Ginsburg said his “great wish” should not have been replaced until a new president was installed, according to the nonprofit news agency NPR.
He was married to prominent tax lawyer Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010, and is survived by two children, Jane and James.
A private funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.