Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law

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

Book - 2015 | First edition
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An account of the intertwined lives of the first two women to be appointed to the Supreme Court examines their respective religious and political beliefs while sharing insights into how they have influenced interpretations of the Constitution to promote equal rights for women.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062238467
Branch Call Number: 347.732634 HIR 2015
Characteristics: xxiii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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.

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.

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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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