Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s famously known as RBG sadly passed away at the age of 87 on September 18. She left behind a great mark on American history and women’s rights. In honour of her legacy or if you knew less about her, check out some books that talk about her.
A reporter at Hollywood Life notes that Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, told granddaughter Clara Spera before her passing that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Whether or not her final wish will be honored remains to be seen. Here are some of the books about her life.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Notorious RBG is a collection of rare archival photos, documents, and illustrations that explain Ginsburg’s legacy in a delightfully fun way.
On The Basis Of Sex
The 2018 biopic stars Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, beginning with her college years at Harvard Law School. The film dissects her marriage with supportive husband Marty Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), her struggles with sexism, and her earliest victories in the court. After graduating at the top of her class at Harvard Law and helping her husband, ill with cancer, ace his classes, no law firm will hire her — because she’s a woman. As we know now, she makes them eat their words. The film, directed by Mimi Leder and written by Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman.
My Own Words
If you want to hear from the woman herself, this is an essential read. Justice Ginsburg gathered a collection of essays and speeches dating back as far as eighth grade, creating a fascinating timeline of her evolution into the feminist crusader we knew in the last chapter of her life. Throughout the book, she recalls what she learned from her fellow SCOTUS justices, including the late Antonin Scalia: attack ideas, not people, because “some very good people have some very bad ideas
This Oscar-nominated 2018 documentary, directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, chronicles the life and career of Ginsburg before, and after she becomes the second female Supreme Court Justice (following Sandra Day O’Conner) in United States history. Beginning with her upbringing in Brooklyn, the documentary delves into her college years at Cornell University and Harvard Law, her marriage, and her successful court cases arguing against gender discrimination.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
Written by Jane Sherron de Hart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life is a thorough biography of Justice Ginsburg, clocking in at over 700 pages. De Hart spent 15 years gathering research about Ginsburg and conducting interviews with her husband, children, friends, colleagues, and RBG herself. The biography, according to de Hart, “explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs — her Jewish background.”
Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law
Jeffrey Rosen, the President of the National Constitution Center, compiled hours of conversations with RBG into a comprehensive book that showcases her wit and wisdom.