In a remarkable career that spanned six decades, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape law and culture in the United States through her passion for justice, advocacy for gender equality, and her unflinching dedication to democracy. Even before her 1993 nomination by President Bill Clinton to become the second woman seated on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg's career was impressive; the first woman to receive tenure on the Columbia law faculty, co-founding the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and arguing several landmark anti-sex discrimination cases before the Court.
On the bench, Ginsburg's opinions made history up until her death at 87 years old on September 18, 2020, though it was her dissents — sharp, precise, and passionate, especially those that were delivered from the bench, that garnered the most attention. Now, in a tribute to the pioneering justice, TIME presents a highly engaging and beautifully illustrated special edition tracing Ginsburg's life and career. This commemorative edition features an exclusive introduction by President Bill Clinton as well as high praise of Ginsburg from both sides of the political aisle, a selection of the Justice's most historic cases, and reflections on RBG's surprising turn late in life as a pop-culture icon.