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.
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.
an amazing book. amazing story.
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!]
Excellent and educational.
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