Ginsburg grew up and went to public High School in New York City. She then attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, with a BA in Government. She then enrolled in Harvard Law School. When her husband took a Job in NY, she transferred to Columbia Law School, earning her law degree in 1959, tied for first in her class.
Ginsburg was turned down for a clerkship by Justice Felix Frankfurter because of her gender. She was, however, given a clerkship for Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
After an accomplished career as a public interest lawyer, she was appointed to US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, filling the seat vacated by the retiring Justice Byron White. She was confirmed by the US Senate, 96-to-3.
She is currently the eldest member of the Supreme Court.