Ruth Bader Ginsburg bench 25: no signs of slowing down.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the high court’s oath on August 10, 1993—but the 85-year-old shows no signs of slowing down as she reaches 25 years on the bench.
“My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years,” says Ginsburg.
During her tenure, Ginsburg has overseen cases dealing with gay marriage and political campaign spending, but her call to action began long before her Supreme Court appointment. In her book My Own Words (with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams), a collection of writings and speeches that originally released in 2016, the justice covers everything from her start as one of nine women in a class of approximately 500 at Harvard Law School to the lighter side of the high court—including regular lunches and an annual musical to help boost camaraderie.
“As you may have noticed, we have sharp differences on certain issues,” says Ginsburg of life with her fellow justices. “But through it all, we remain collegial and, most of the time, we genuinely enjoy each other’s company.”
My Own Words recently released in paperback to celebrate Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court—pick up a copy while you wait for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation to unfold.