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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wins $1M Prize

Supreme Court Justice is winner of this year's Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2019 1:02 PM CDT
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In this Oct. 3, 2019 photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg claps after listening to students sing opera at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the winner of this year's $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture. The award announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute honors Ginsburg, who started the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project in the 1970s, for her pioneering legal work for gender equality and her support for the rule of law. The institute says Ginsburg will direct the money to charity, reports the AP.

The Berggruen Prize was established in 2016 by philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen to honor those who have "profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement." Berggruen said in an interview that Ginsburg "has done a lot to protect and further civil liberties. She has done a lot for women. That's especially important in these times," he said. Ginsburg will receive the award on Dec. 16 at a ceremony at the New York Public Library. When she received a different foundation's $100,000 award in 1996, Ginsburg directed the money to more than a dozen schools, performing arts groups, and civil rights organizations, according to her financial disclosure report.

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