Books/DVDs to Celebrate the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 19, 2020

A feminist icon to generations of women and girls and, in her later years, an unexpected pop culture hero, Ginsburg’s life and career are inspiring to many.


My own words
Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993–a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling, selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an Introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women


Notorious RBG : the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhni

Offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg’s refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation’s highest court–with the fierce dissents to match–get to know RBG as never before. 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,


Conversations with RBG :
Ruth Bader Ginsburg on life, love, liberty, and law
Jeffrey Rosen

This is a remarkable and unique book, an informal portrait of Justice Ginsburg, drawing on a series of her conversations with Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with readers the justice’s observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through.

 

 


Ruth Bader Ginsburg : a life
by Jane Sherron de Hart

The first full life–private; public; legal; philosophical–of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the Justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and associates. In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane 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. Tikkun Olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer (Celia died the day before Ruth, at 17, graduated from high school). From Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law School (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school’s first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women’s rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men. Her years on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, deciding cases the way she played golf, as she, left-handed, played with right-handed clubs–aiming left, swinging right, hitting down the middle. Her years on the Supreme Court. A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.


Sisters in Law : how Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world
by Linda Hirshman

An account of the intertwined lives of the first two women to be appointed to the Supreme Court examines their respective religious and political beliefs while sharing insights into how they have influenced interpretations of the Constitution to promote equal rights for women.

 

 


The unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg : American icon
introduction & text by Antonia Felix ; foreword by Mimi Leder ; photo editor, Christopher Measom

On the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the Supreme Court, this unofficial retrospective celebrates the “Notorious RBG”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Not only does she possess one of the greatest legal minds of our time, she has become a pop culture icon. With more than 100 photographs, quotes, inspiring speeches, and insightful commentary–plus a foreword by Mimi Leder—this tribute to her achievements covers RBG’s younger years, early professional life, marriage, many firsts, landmark cases, and the prejudice she overcame to reach the pinnacle of her field.


RBG (2018)
produced and directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West
also available via Hoopla

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now.

 

 


On the Basis of Sex (2019)
producer, Jonathan King ; produced by Robert Cort ; written by Daniel Stiepleman ; directed by Mimi Leder

Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts’ view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg, to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.