Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a champion of fairness and equal rights, and this biography details the development of the U.S. Supreme Court associate justice who has become a cultural icon. Details of Ginsburg's upbringing and life are interwoven among the details of cases she was involved in as a volunteer lawyer working for the ACLU, as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a serving justice of the Supreme Court. The nature of the cases will appeal to teen readers: a Fourth Amendment case in which a 13-year old girl was strip-searched; a school drug-testing policy in which a high school girl was subjected to a random drug test; and a high school boy's freedom of speech case. Other cases detailed involve marriage rights, women's rights as they pertained to the workplace and military, caregiver rights, and civil rights, including instances where Ginsburg herself suffered discrimination. The details for all of the cases discussed are provided, as well as an explanation for how the cases moved through the system and their lasting historical importance. Legal terms are explained, as is Ginsburg's approach to each case. It will be easy for readers to understand what factors shaped Ginsburg's focus on achieving equal rights for all. Her attention to detail, hard work, and her understanding of the law will make an impression on readers. Illustrated with photos, other features include an appendix with The Bill of Rights and source notes for each chapter. This will be an outstanding addition to a collection as well as to social studies and civics classes. Bibliography. Index. Photo Credits.
Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work
Author(s): Victoria Ortez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Copyright Year: 2019
Reviewer: Tracy A. Fitzwater
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 6-12
Review Date: September 1, 2019
Dramatically narrated case histories from Justice Ginsburg's stellar career are interwoven with an account of RBG's life—childhood, family, beliefs, education, marriage, legal and judicial career, children, and achievements—and her many-faceted personality is captured. The cases described, many involving young people, demonstrate her passionate concern for gender equality, fairness, and our constitutional rights.
Media Type: Book, eBook