My Own Words

My Own Words

Large Print - 2017
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"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"--
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2017.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781683244356
1683244354
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT 347.73264 Ginsburg 07/2017
Characteristics: 582 pages (large print) :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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spiderfelt_0
May 26, 2017

Since I was disappointed with Notorious RBG, but still curious about the individual, I turned to this annotated collection of Ginsburg's writing collected by two colleagues who have worked with her for decades in the Equal Rights Movement. I learned so much about the procedure and process of the Supreme Court, as well as the collegiality and cooperation of the justices. They agree more than they disagree, and hold a deep respect for each other.

The best part was learning about this opera written by Derrick Wang about Ginsburg and Scalia: http://www.derrickwang.com/scalia-ginsburg/ It illustrates their opposing philosophical positions while still honoring their humor and friendship. I look up to Ginsburg as a role model for the type of human I aspire to be.

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William R. Leben
Feb 15, 2017

This is not an autobiography, and a lot of Ginsburg's "own words" are words from her past legal briefs and judicial opinions.

But the great message of this book is her lifelong dedication to equal rights for women. When she got her start, law schools and the legal profession were practically 100% male-dominated. As the book describes, she was one of the early champions of leveling the playing field, and there have been noteworthy successes. Women now outnumber men in law schools, though as lawyers women on the average make less than men.

Ginsburg is a fine, down-to-earth writer. Fortunately for this book, this applies to her legal writings as well as to her more personal reminiscences.

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