“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recently than the U.S. Constitution, Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms based from 1982. You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights… I am a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is written by the young lawyer who began the Internet sensation and an award-winning journalist. As America struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stays fierce. And if you don’t know, now you know.
People across America who weren’t even born when Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her name, are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.
From her refusal to let sexism stop her, to her innovative legal work and position on the nation’s highest court. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, feminist pioneer Justice Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah. ISBN: 9780062415837.
“What a wonderful book: The annotated dissents! The knockout photos! Why she likes to write through the night! The litany of big cases she won as a lawyer, and how she picked them! Notorious RBG is a laugh-out-loud joy to read.” Rachel Maddow
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Feminist, legal pioneer, and Jewish Grandmother with steely strength who has inspired millions. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame. She was trying to make the world a little better and a little freer.
Justice Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman to sit on the high court, and the first Jewish woman to hold the position. In her acceptance speech, she praised the Women’s Movement for helping to make it possible for women like her to reach such high positions.
Ruth Joan Bader was born in 1933 to a father who worked making fur hats and coats and a stay-at-home mother. Her lineage stems from Eastern Europe, and her maternal and paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States for freedom of religion. Ruth grew up in Brooklyn, NY. In elementary school, she wrote an editorial in the school newspaper entitled Landmarks of Constitutional Freedom. Her mother did not attend college herself, but instilled a love of books and learning in her daughter. Ruth’s mother passed away the day before she graduated from highschool and continued on to Cornell University.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was accepted into Harvard Law with the first class that included women. She was one of only nine women in that class of nearly 500. At the end of her first year she became a member of the Harvard Law Review. She transferred to Columbia Law School where she finished her law degree and tied for valedictorian of her class. She was unable to get the job she wanted, a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court. She was turned away from many jobs because she was a woman, a mother, and Jewish. “Not a single law firm in the entire city of New York,” she said, offered her a position.
Irin Carmon is an Israeli-American journalist and commentator fluent in Hebrew, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is a national reporter at MSNBC covering women, politics, and culture, and contributor to Melissa Harris-Perry and “All In” with Chris Hayes.
Previously, she was a staff writer at Salon.com and at Jezebel.com. She is an expert in Women, Sexual Health, and Civil Liberties, and a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. She has written for Businessweek, New York, Fast Company, Tablet, The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Post, The Village Voice, and The New York Times, among others.
In 2011, Irin was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in media and featured in New York Magazine as a face of young feminism. She received the November 2011 Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation recognizing her reporting on the Mississippi Personhood Initiative for Salon. In 2013, she was honored by NARAL New York with the Irwin Schneiderman Pioneer Award, and by the New York Abortion Access Fund with the Champion for Choice Award.
From 2003-2006 Irin wrote a monthly travel column for The Boston Globe. She graduated from Harvard with highest honors in literature in 2005.
Shana Knizhnik started the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2013 as a student at New York University Law School. The Tumblr made Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Internet meme, and the now iconic image of her gold-crowned head appears on tee shirts and tattoos.
Shana served as an articles editor for NYU Law Review where her note on federal criminal sentencing has been accepted for publication in November 2015. She also served as a co-chair of the Coalition for Law and Representation and a political action co-chair for OUTLaw LGBTQ Students’ Association. After her graduation from NYU Law in spring of 2015, she returned to her hometown of Philadelphia to clerk for Judge Dolores Sloviter of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
She plans to pursue a career in public defense. Knizhnik’s Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr juxtaposes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a playful and hilarious celebration of her life and court opinions.