Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020 at the age of 87. The Brooklyn born Justice, affectionately known to many of her fans as the “Notorious RBG,” was one of just nine women in a class of 500 at Harvard Law School and went on to graduate first in her class from Columbia Law School.  She was the first woman tenured professor at Columbia Law School, she founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and, in 1993, was the second woman ever to be appointed a Supreme Court Justice. Arguing  for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 she said that it looked “toward a legal system in which each person will be judged on individual merit and not on the basis of an unalterable trait of birth.” The “Great Dissenter,” as she became known, has been compared to Thurgood Marshall in her lifelong pursuit of the advancement of equality before the law. Finally, in a comment all members of the book-loving community can appreciate, Justice Ginsburg has said: “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.” Learn more about this tireless trailblazer from a documentary carried on Kanopy called RBG; read a very comprehensive New York Times obituary penned by Linda Greenhouse; and click on the book jackets below to be taken to links to links about RBG on Overdrive.

Published by Barbara Kokot on September 22, 2020
Last Modified April 19, 2021