We lost an icon, an outsider’s champion, a pioneer of gender equality, and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed on Rosh Hashanah, and the grieving came immediately. While difficult to put such an extraordinary life onto the page, there are plenty of ways to learn more about her. In order to begin to make “her memory a revolution,” these three books are great places to start.
My Own Words: RBG’s autobiography My Own Wordsis a collection of Justice Ginsberg’s essays and speeches, as well as writings from her childhood. It includes stand-out moments from her life, such as her nomination acceptance speech and her opening statement at the Senate Confirmation hearing, but it also details her personal life, which, especially now, is something I find fascinating.
Notorious RBG: Notorious RBG, which is featured in the documentary about her life, shows how RBG never asked for fame, yet how she slowly won the internet. It offers rare archival photos, reported narrative, annotated dissents (oh boy), and plenty more that make it an excellent and engaging read.
Conversations with RBG: Finally, Conversations with RBGis a great-forward looking work. Drawing on more than 20 years of conversations starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump Era, Rosen shares Justice Ginsburg’s observations on a variety of topics, such as the future of Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, the #MeToo movement, of course, the future of the Supreme Court itself.