Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law

How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER. The author of the celebrated Victory tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices. The relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg-Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl-transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other's presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women. Linda Hirshman's dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession-battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women's lives. Sisters-in-Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2015.
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jafinck
May 15, 2019

I enjoyed learning about the lives of these two intelligent and steadfast women in a time when women were less empowered, and the SIGNIFICANT changes these two women had in changing women's rights/equal rights at a judicial level between the 1970's and present time.
It may be because I do not use judicial jargon in my language or have much knowledge in the inner workings of the court system, but I did have a difficult time reading this book. A lot of cases and a lot of names are thrown around. I really wanted to learn of these two masterminds, so I just resolved to picking up the main concepts; some of the small details were lost on me unfortunately.
That said, I would still recommend this book; I came away with much insight, appreciation, and respect for these two women.

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lesharon
Apr 22, 2016

Interesting stories of two smart and hard working women who were our first female jurists.
All young women should read about the cases involving the rights of women in the workplace and about reproductive rights. Hard fought rights and always up for being pushed back to the Old Day attitudes.

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beckythecat1
Feb 23, 2016

an amazing book. amazing story.

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StarGladiator
Jan 17, 2016

Enough with the Cult of the Personality and the Dumbing Down of America: these two sat on the most egregious court of all time, and the previous ones were nothing to write home about! ! ! [Contrary to all those extremely highly paid pundits who will say whatever they are paid to shill!]
They should be ashamed to allow anyone to show their photographs or write anything about them! [Next up: Why Patty Murray was such a wonderful senator for voting for John Alito and supporting the TPP - - both about corporate arbitration nullifying one's write to sue!]

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

Excellent and educational.

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