Ruth Bader Ginsburg : a life / Jane Sherron de Hart.  (Text) (Text)

De Hart, Jane Sherron
Call no.: KF8745.G56 D44 2020Publication: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, 2020, c2018Description: xiv, 733 p. : illISBN: 1984897837 (pbk.); 9781984897831 (pbk.)Subject(s): Ginsburg, Ruth BaderUnited States. Supreme Court -- Officials and employeesWomen judges -- United States -- BiographyWomen lawyers -- United States -- BiographyJudges -- United States -- BiographyLOC classification: KF8745.G56 | D44 2020
Contents:Preface: an American icon -- Part I Becoming Ruth -- 1 Celia's daughter -- 2 Cornell and Marry -- 3 Learning the law on male turf -- 4 Sailing in "uncharted waters" -- 5 The making of a feminist advocate -- 6 Seizing the moment -- Part II Mounting a campaign -- 7 A first breakthrough -- 8 Setting up shop and strategy -- Part III Learning under fire -- 9 "The case that got away" -- 10 A "near great leap forward" -- 11 Coping with a setback -- Part IV Moving forward -- 12 Getting back on track -- 13 Moving forward o shifting political ground -- Part V Becoming judge and justice -- 14 An unexpected cliff-hanger -- 15 The 107th justice -- 16 Mother of the regiment -- 17 "I cannot agree" -- Part VI Standing firm -- 18 Persevering in hard times -- 19 Losing Marty and leading the minority -- 20 Race matters -- 21 The right thing to do -- 22 A hobbled court -- 23 An election and a presidency like no other -- Epilogue : legacy.
Summary: In this comprehensive, revelatory biography--fifteen years of interviews and research in the making--historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the experiences that shaped Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story is her Jewish background and the concept of tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to "repair the world," with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. Ginsburg's journey begins with her mother, who died tragically young but whose intellect inspired her daughter's feminism. It stretches from Ginsburg's days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn's James Madison High School to Cornell University to Harvard and Columbia law schools; to becoming one of the first female law professors in the country, fighting for equal pay and hiding her second pregnancy to avoid losing her job; to becoming the director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and arguing momentous anti-sex discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. All this, even before being nominated in 1993 to become the second woman on the Court, where her crucial decisions and dissents are still making history. Intimately and personably told, this biography offers unprecedented insight into a pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, American society, and our American character will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond. -- Publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 669-704) and index.

Preface: an American icon -- Part I Becoming Ruth -- 1 Celia's daughter -- 2 Cornell and Marry -- 3 Learning the law on male turf -- 4 Sailing in "uncharted waters" -- 5 The making of a feminist advocate -- 6 Seizing the moment -- Part II Mounting a campaign -- 7 A first breakthrough -- 8 Setting up shop and strategy -- Part III Learning under fire -- 9 "The case that got away" -- 10 A "near great leap forward" -- 11 Coping with a setback -- Part IV Moving forward -- 12 Getting back on track -- 13 Moving forward o shifting political ground -- Part V Becoming judge and justice -- 14 An unexpected cliff-hanger -- 15 The 107th justice -- 16 Mother of the regiment -- 17 "I cannot agree" -- Part VI Standing firm -- 18 Persevering in hard times -- 19 Losing Marty and leading the minority -- 20 Race matters -- 21 The right thing to do -- 22 A hobbled court -- 23 An election and a presidency like no other -- Epilogue : legacy.

In this comprehensive, revelatory biography--fifteen years of interviews and research in the making--historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the experiences that shaped Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story is her Jewish background and the concept of tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to "repair the world," with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. Ginsburg's journey begins with her mother, who died tragically young but whose intellect inspired her daughter's feminism. It stretches from Ginsburg's days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn's James Madison High School to Cornell University to Harvard and Columbia law schools; to becoming one of the first female law professors in the country, fighting for equal pay and hiding her second pregnancy to avoid losing her job; to becoming the director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and arguing momentous anti-sex discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. All this, even before being nominated in 1993 to become the second woman on the Court, where her crucial decisions and dissents are still making history. Intimately and personably told, this biography offers unprecedented insight into a pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, American society, and our American character will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond. -- Publisher's description.

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