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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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 women 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 recognition in a male-dominated profession--battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. Hirshman also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, setting precedent in cases dealing with 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, bringing 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: New York : HarperCollins, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062238481
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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How did the Supreme Court move from indifference to sex discrimination, to treating it as constitutionally prohibited? This is a biography of the first women to serve as Supreme Court justices, but also addresses how we arrived at our current understanding of women's legal rights.

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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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 19, 2017

This was a really interesting look at two very different women: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor. I thought the book was strongest when it focused on their differing philosophies and approaches to navigating a man's world as intelligent, strong women, and I was totally fascinated to read about Ginsburg's history of advocacy for women's abortion rights and access to birth control. Hirshman did a bit of a deep dive into Ginsburg's philosophy about reproductive rights -- namely, that women cannot be fully equal members of society, or be able to fully participate in the social and economic life of the country without control over their own reproduction -- and it made for fascinating reading. I think the book faltered at times when it came to drawing parallels between the two women that weren't necessarily there, and there were times when I felt more detail about their lives outside of the Court would have made jumps forward in time feel less abrupt, but overall this was really intriguing, and likely to appeal to readers with varying levels of knowledge of and interest in legal issues and women's rights.

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.

Feb 23, 2016

an amazing book. amazing story.

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!]

Jan 17, 2016

Excellent and educational.


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