Happy 80th Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg! 9 Wise & Witty Quotes from the Legal Pioneer

It's Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's eightieth birthday today, and we thought we'd celebrate her extraordinary life and incredible career by sharing some of her own words of wit and wisdom!

Brooklyn born Ginsburg has broken so many barriers for women it is almost hard to count. She began her legal career as one of only nine women in her Harvard Law School class. Not to be outdone by her male counterparts, she then proceeded to graduate first in her class-- at Columbia Law School, where she transferred for her final year. When she began teaching law, she was one of only twenty or so women teaching law in the entire country, eventually becoming Columbia Law School's first female tenured professor. She taught classes on women in the law before there were even course books on the subject. She co-founded the first law journal to focus exclusively on women's rights and co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. She has argued (and won) several landmark sex discrimination cases in front of the Supreme Court. And in 1993, she became the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, where she still serves, and this only scratches the surface of the accomplishments of this inspiring MAKER.

Happy birthday, Justice Ginsburg! MAKERS thanks you for all of your tireless work to fight gender inequality and civil injustice, and we feel honored to have been able to capture your story.

We'll let her words speak for themselves. Enjoy the slideshow!