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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O'Connor and Ginsburg are arguably the two most influential women in American jurisprudence. Hirshman digs deep into their careers as lawyers, the path each took to the Court, their interactions with other justices and the decisions they wrote. The book is an excellent read, one with a good dose of legal drama, as well as a fascinating perspective on the history of the Court in the latter 20th century and the profound legacies these two justices had on the history of women's rights in America.



The author of the celebrated Victory tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices.

The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Linda Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.

Sisters-in-Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062238474
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 23,294
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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