Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just received the Berggruen Prize for her work in social justice and culture, and she’s taking the $1 million award money and donating it to charity.
The Berggruen Prize was established in 2016 by billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen as a way to recognize people who have “profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement.” That would definitely apply to Ginsburg, who has made history as one of only four women appointed to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg, known affectionately as the Notorious RBG, made significant legal advances for women and her work as an advocate for women’s rights.
“By grit and determination, brains, courage, compassion and a fiery commitment to justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose from modest beginnings to become one of the most respected, and most beloved, jurists of our time,” Berggruen said in a statement.
Berggruen noted Ginsburg’s work during and before her time on the Supreme Court, including founding the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and co-writing the first law textbook on gender discrimination.
Ginsburg is the fourth Berggruen Prize honoree, but she is no stranger to winning awards and donating her prize money. In 1996, according to financial disclosures, she gave $100,000 from an award to more than a dozen schools and civil rights organizations.
Despite being treated for pancreatic cancer, Ginsburg shows no signs of slowing down.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” Ginsburg told NPR back in July. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I,” she added with a smile, “am very much alive.”