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And Justice for All: RBG's Legacy

Just when you thought 2020 could not get any worse, more bad news arrives. The recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves an enormous void in both the legal profession and in our hearts. The second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ginsburg was a champion for restrained justice. Early in her law career, she overcame many obstacles, including discrimination based on her gender. In 1972, she founded the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project.

A highly intelligent leader who fought tirelessly for gender equality, Ginsburg led the ACLU in a host of legal battles that laid the foundation for women's rights advocacy. In 1993, she was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. She is remembered, among many other accomplishments, as the author of the 1996 landmark decision United States vs Virginia, which held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women.

Diminutive and soft-spoken, Ginsburg served 27 years on the nation's highest court. She has become a role model for both men and women as well as a pop culture icon. Today Mechanics' Institute honors her legacy with resources that showcase her many contributions to justice for all. 

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Advise and Dissent: Selecting Supreme Court Justices - Available for free with your MI Library card on Kanopy, Mechanics' Institute's streaming platform. (From, click on the Books and More tab, under Research, choose Books & More and select Kanopy from the dropdown menu. (Remember, you must create a Kanopy account with a username and password to access the platform.)

My Own Words: Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams - Also available as an e-book and as a book on CD

Notorious RBG: the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmen and Shana Knizhnik.

On the Basis of Sex - A feature film starring Felicity Jones on the life and early cases of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

RBG - Nominated for an Academy Award, this 2018 documentary is an outstanding tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also available for streaming on Kanopy.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the case of R.B.G. versus inequality by Jonah Winter

The RBG Workout by Bryant Johnson - Physical fitness was highly important to Ginsburg. Some of the routines in this book were featured in her documentary film, RBG. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a life by Jane Sherron de Hart

Sisters in Law: how Sandro Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world by Linida Hirshman. Also available as an e-book

The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon by Antonia Felix


Posted on Sep. 24, 2020 by Celeste Steward