You guys, I have a crush. A big one. On Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I know, this isn’t news, but I recently finished the Notorious RBG* (as an audiobook via Audible* – finished it in only a few days while washing the dishes) and I learned so much about my favorite Justice! From the summary:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.
But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.
Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.
My only issue is that it was published in 2015, and there has obviously been a lot that has happened in just the past year *cough*Trump*cough* – sometimes I wonder if she would have resigned earlier in Obama’s presidency had she known the outcome of the 2016 election? Regardless, I’m just hoping that she keeps up with her exercise because we need her to last at least another four years!
One thing that I found really interesting was her stance on Roe vs. Wade. Justice Ginsburg was an attorney for the ACLU in 1973, though she didn’t work on Roe herself. She felt that they should have made their argument based on equality rather than privacy. If Roe had been decided using equality, then maybe we wouldn’t have the abortion arguments that we have today. Who knows.
It doesn’t matter if you are a political junkie like me, or just dipping your toes into activism, Notorious RBG is a very accessible look into the life of one of modern history’s foremost women’s rights advocates.
Oh, and looking for something new to read to your littles? Get I Dissent*, a wonderful picture book about the inspiring life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and how she has made her mark in history.
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