U.S. Supreme Court's Ginsburg, a liberal dynamo, championed women's rights

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a heroine to the American left after overcoming entrenched sexism in the legal profession to ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she championed gender equality and other liberal causes during 27 years on the bench.

Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer, was a fierce advocate for women's rights - winning major gender-discrimination cases before the Supreme Court - before being appointed to the top U.S. judicial body by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993. The diminutive dynamo became the court's leading liberal voice.

Rising from a working-class family in New York City's borough of Brooklyn, Ginsburg overcame hostility toward women in the male-dominated worlds of law school and the legal profession to become just the second woman ever to serve on the nine-member Supreme Court.

During her final years on the court, Ginsburg became something of a pop icon for American liberals, the subject of the 2018 feature film "On the Basis of Sex," the 2018 Academy Award-nominated documentary "RBG" and sketches on the popular TV show "Saturday Night Live" - even inspiring an action figure.