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ET: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Determined to Have Kept Doing the Job She Loved until the Very End

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 21, 2020
07:20 A.M.
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On September 18, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sadly passed away at age 87. A source has since revealed that Ginsburg had intended to do her work until the day she died.

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The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to preside in the Supreme Court. In total, there are only four women who have held this role.

She was the oldest justice and she served in her role for 27 years. Besides her work at the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was a pioneer of women's rights and gender equality.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at a dinner to honor Chile's first female president Michelle Bachelet on May 8, 2006, in Washington, DC. | Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

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RUTH’S PASSING

Ginsburg sadly died on Friday from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. In remembrance of the late justice, Hulu is currently streaming the 2018 documentary, “RGB.”

The documentary creator’s Julie Cohen and her directing partner, Betsy West, were interviewed the same year by “Entertainment Tonight” to discuss her legacy. Despite being elderly and sickly, Ginsburg confessed, at the time, to Cohen and West:

"I will do this job so long as I can do it full steam."

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GINSBURG’S CANCER BATTLE

She was already suffering from pancreatic cancer. In July 2020, the justice revealed that she was being treated for a recurrence of cancer in her liver.

The note served as evidence of Joshua Mogil and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s special bond.

She shared how on May 19, 2020, she had started a course of chemotherapy called gemcitabine to treat the recurrence of cancer. In February 2020, she had a periodic scan which was followed by a biopsy that revealed lesions on her liver.

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RUTH’S MOST RECENT HOSPITALIZATION

Her most recent hospitalizations were for the removal of gall stones. She also had to have some treatments for an infection that was unrelated to the cancer.

The late justice passed away last week surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC. Earlier this year, she had to undergo chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer.

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GINSBURG’S WORK

Ginsburg had served on the Washington D.C. federal appeals court. Besides her Supreme Court work, she also launched the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women's Rights Project.

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SOME OF HER ACHIEVEMENTS

From 2004 to 2011, “Forbes” named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Women and in 1993 she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg was paid tribute to by fans and other celebrities including her neighbor Joshua Mogil, 31.

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RUTH’S NEIGHBOR

Mogil is a recent law school graduate who’s lived in the apartment next door to Ginsburg for the past four years. The late justice was his mentor and his personal inspiration.

NEIGHBOR MOURNS RUTH

On Saturday morning, Mogil shared a handwritten note he received from the justice in 2019. The note served as evidence of their special bond.

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