Ruth Bader Ginsburg's father was a Russian Jewish emigrant, born in Podolsk. Her mother was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born as Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the United States, to a comfortable middle-class family. Her father, Nathan Bader, owned small clothing stores. When she was fourteen months old, her older sister Marylin died of meningitis at the age of six. Hence, she grew up without siblings in the Flatbush neighborhood.
Ginsburg's mother, Celia Bader, was a major influence in her life and taught her the value of independence and a good education. She was the driving force in her daughter's life, a role model at a time when women had to fight for the privileges and rights that men enjoyed by default.