Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87-years-old due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her family — including her two children, Jane and James Ginsburg — at her home in Washington, D.C.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg credited her two children with her success in the legal field, particularly when in graduate school. When she started her first term, her daughter was just 14-months-old.
“I think I had better balance, better sense of proportions of what matters,” the feminist icon explained in an interview with The Atlantic.
“I felt each part of my life gave me respite from the other,” she added when describing her ability to juggle parenthood, her studies, and later her career.
Jane Ginsburg Followed Her Mother’s Footsteps Into The Legal Profession
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Jane Ginsburg attended Harvard for her Juris Doctorate and served on the prestigious Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago.
At present, she is an expert in copyright regulations and a professor at Columbia Law School in addition to the faculty director of Columbia’s Kernochan Center.
The famous daughter was featured prominently in the 2018 film On the Basis of Sex, which detailed the late Justice’s ground-breaking sex-based discrimination case. However, she has since claimed that many of the characterizations were fictionalized.
“The movie makes me seem as if I was rebellious and politically engaged and pushed [her] to be more radical than she might have otherwise have been,” she claimed in an interview with The Columbia Spectator.
“There was never a point where my mother had any doubt about… not only the justice but the desirability of the course she was pursuing.”
The professor is married to George T. Spera, who had previously worked for the firm Shearman & Sterling. The couple shares two children together.
James Ginsburg Forged His Own Path In Music
James Ginsburg was born in 1965. He had originally planned on a legal career, following in his mother’s and sister’s footsteps. He was accepted to law school and even attended for one year. However, he ended up deciding that the path was not right for him.
Though he may not have inherited a love of law, he did get the late icon’s love of music, particularly opera. He ended up entering the field of music, and soon became an executive in the industry. He eventually founded his own record label in Chicago, called Cedille Records, which specifically focuses on classical genres.
“The Chicagoan is one of the last independent entrepreneurs in classical recording, a man who has stuck to his artistic vision and made a success of it at a time of market shrinkage and industry downsizing,” wrote The Chicago Tribune of Ginsburg’s success.
That said, many have considered the music aficionado’s crowning achievement to be his tribute to his mother — an album called Notorious RBG in Song. The tribute is an opera sung by Patrice Michaels — his wife — that was based on the late Supreme Court Justice’s life story.
Fellow RBG and opera fans! Soprano Patrice Michaels' "Notorious RBG in Song," saluting RBG's 25 years on the court, comes out June 8 on RBG's son's classical music label, @CedilleRecords and is available for pre-sale now!
— Notorious R.B.G. (@NotoriousRBG) May 25, 2018