Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been awarded the $1 million Berggruen Prize.

According to a statement from the Berggruen Institute, the award is given annually to “thinkers whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.”

The 86-year-old Ginsburg will donate the money to charity or any nonprofit organization of her choice, the institute said.

The associate justice was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton, becoming the second woman, following Sandra Day O’Connor, to serve on the nation’s highest court.

Ginsburg was chosen over more than 500 candidates, including five other finalists that the institute said: “included some of the world’s most renowned thinkers from various fields including social science, global justice, animal rights, and bioethics.”

“It is a true honor to have Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the recipient of this year’s Berggruen Prize,” said institute founder and chairman Nicolas Berggruen. “I am delighted the Jury has chosen to honor such a prolific leader in the field of jurisprudence.”

“Throughout her career, Ginsburg has used the law to advance ethical and philosophical principles of equality and human rights as basic tenets of the USA. Her contributions have shaped our way of life and way of thinking and have demonstrated to the world the importance of the rule of law in disabling discrimination.”


Ginsburg will receive the award in a private ceremony on Dec. 16 at the New York Public Library.

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