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A 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier salutes as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket is put in the hearse.

TOG plays instrumental role in Ruth Bader Ginsburg burial

On Sept. 18, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She served on the court for more than 27 years and was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993.

RBG became the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol when her casket was placed in National Statuary Hall Friday, according to congressional historians.

RBG was the second woman appointed to the court after a career of successfully fighting for and winning cases against gender discrimination women faced in the workforce in the 1960s, according to https://www.oyez.org/justices/ruth_bader_ginsburg.

When she transferred to Columbia Law School from Harvard Law School, she was elected to the school’s law review. She graduated first in her class in 1959. Despite her outstanding academic record, however, Ginsburg continued to encounter gender discrimination while seeking employment after graduation, according to https://www.biography.com/law-figure/ruth-bader-ginsburg.

RBG began her career as a justice where she left off as an advocate, fighting for women’s rights, according to the site. In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, holding that qualified women could not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute. 

Instead of creating sweeping limitations on gender discrimination, she attacked specific areas of discrimination and violations of women’s rights one at a time, so as to send a message to the legislature on what they can and cannot do, according to https://www.biography.com/law-figure/ruth-bader-ginsburg.

As a judge, RBG favored caution, moderation and restraint. She was considered part of the Supreme Court’s moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state, according to

RBG served on the D.C. Federal Appeals Court with Justice Clarence Thomas. She launched the American Civil Liberties Union  and was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women from 2004 through 2011.