My Own Words

My Own Words

eBook - 2016
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Offers a collection of engaging, serious, and playful writings and speeches from the Supreme Court justice on topics ranging from gender equality and the workings of the Court to Judaism and the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the Constitution.
"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. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling, selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an Introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's most influential women"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501145261
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 371 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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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: 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.

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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