Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Notorious RBG

Notorious RBG
The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Dey St.
William Morrow Publishers
Harper Collins Publishers
New York, New York
ISBN: 978-0-06-241583-7
$ 19.99
227 pages

Like or dislike her, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a woman who daily continues to defy stereotypes.    She's eighty-three-years-old and stands five foot and one inch.
No one questions her intelligence. 
This dynamo is a legendary force fighting for injustices to make our country a better place.
As being a Supreme Court Justice, her diminutive size is completely opposed to her immense influence of society today. 
Ginsberg always has defined life with her rules.
She excelled in school.  Unfortunately, her mother died of cancer the day before she graduated high school.  Attending Cornell in the early 1950s as a woman who married with a degree in government. 
Following her husband to Oklahoma while he served in the Army Reserve, Ruth worked for the Social Security Administration.  Unfortunately, when she became pregnant, she experienced being demoted.
Her next life challenge was enrolling at Harvard Law School being only one of nine women in the class of around five hundred.  Her husband position was in New York City, so she transferred to Columbia Law School.  She has earned the distinction of being on both the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review while tieing for first in her graduating class.
Now she suffered the challenge of being a wife, mother of a five-year-old daughter, Jewish, and in need of a job as a lawyer when women were not accepted in that career.
Facing rejections, she finally was accepted for a position as a clerk for a U. S. District Court.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg's life changed when she was chosen to co-author a book about gender equality and completing the research in Sweden where changes in women's roles were changing that country.
Finally, in 1963, she accepted a position as a professor at Rutgers Law School, and she would be paid less than her male coworkers since she was married and her husband was earning a good salary.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg views life through the eyes of the oppressed.  She asks questions that reveal the truths of the situations and the personal beliefs of defendants and prosecutors in interpreting the laws as stated in the Constitution.
Notorious RBG is complete with her background, her challenges, her work-out routine, her inspirations, and even her favorite recipe.  Also included is an index, references, and pictures from throughout her life.
Whether you agree or disagree with her, Notorious RBG is an engaging and inspirational book for all readers of both genders.

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