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

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

by Linda Hirshman


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ISBN-13: 9780062238474
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 57,895
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, a cultural historian, and the author of Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution and many other books. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, and POLITICO. She lives in Arizona and New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ruffled Collars xi

Part I Sandra and Ruth Come into Their Own

1 Country Girl, City Kid 3

2 The Lawsuit of Ruth's Dreams 32

3 Goldwater Girl and Card-Carrying Member of the ACLU 45

Part II Chief Litigator for the Women's Rights Project

4 Act One: Building Women's Equality 69

5 Intermission: Abortion 78

6 Act Two: Equality in Peril 84

7 Act Three: The Stay-at-Home Dad to the Rescue 94

8 Finale: Boys and Girls Together 105


9 Sandra O'Connor Raises Arizona 117

10 Welcome Justice O'Connor 126

11 Women Work for Justice O'Connor 156

12 Queen Sandra's Court 174

13 No Queen's Peace in the Abortion Wars 184

Part IV Sisters in Law

14 I'm Ruth, Not Sandra 199

15 Ginsburg's Feminist Voice 215

16 The Importance of Being O'Connor and Ginsburg 246

17 Justice O'Connor's Self-Inflicted Wound 255

Part V Absolute Legacy

18 The Great Dissenter 273

19 Notorious R.B.G. 289

20 Our Heroines 298

Acknowledgments 303

Notes 305

Bibliography and Sources 353

Index 375

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Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed learning more about of them and their perspectives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a subject I have great interest in so I was ready to jump in to this unique approach to judicial history. Ironically, the author tries to handle each of the justice's personal and political backgrounds equally yet in reality it doesn't work. Each page devoted to RBG led me to expect that SDO's story would pick up shortly although that varied a bit. The author's worship of Ginsburg is not displayed overtly but through subtle work choice and opportunity. The strategy pays homage to the subject herself. The reader gets the impression that the author wanted to be unique in the bio market with a 2-subject approach but began to regret it when time to celebrate the path of SDO. The author's criticism of SDO regarding her stance on abortion as State Senate majority leader is treated like other issues surrounding a conservative woman. The reader is nudged to a judgement by a writer applying 2015 "standards" to a successful woman's choices who represents the very goals of a movement the author ce lebrates. Again, ironic. The "hardly a champion of choice" line had me laughing. Critical of the woman for supporting the choice of individuals to NOT participate in abortive procedure. Good information but would wait for sale or second-hand.