My Own Words

My Own Words

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"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: 9781501145247
150114524X
9781501145254
1501145258
Characteristics: xix, 371 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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.


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The book is well written and well organized. Certainly this would be of value to a student of American history or of the evolution of legal rights of women in USA. As a non-academic Canadian readerI found the book less interesting.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Mar 08, 2019

Given all the notorious quips and quotes from June Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I was disappointed to discover this book was a dry-as-dust compilation of speeches and opinions which don't give us much glimpse into her life. The only thing I learned was that many of her gender based cases were on behalf of men. Perhaps the legal strategy was to open the door with cases males justices could appreciate.

I'm very grateful that I was able to get this book from the library because I wouldn't want to pay $30 for it. I did enjoy reading her acceptance speech after Pres. Bill Clinton nominated her to SCOTUS. And, I was intrigued on this International Day of Women to read about accomplished women who paved the way.

Legal geeks who aspire to sit on a federal bench might appreciate what it takes to become one of the Supremes.

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spiderfelt_0
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: http://www.derrickwang.com/scalia-ginsburg/ 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.

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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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