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 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERThe author of the celebrated Victory tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg the first a

  • Title: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
  • Author: Linda Hirshman
  • ISBN: 9780062238474
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERThe 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 ranNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERThe 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 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.

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    1. I wish I could give this more stars. I love the concept obviously, there’s a lot of fun gossip, and Hirshman writes about Supreme Court cases in an accessible way. But there were some big and small issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book. Minor complaints, but the amount of dangling everything is distracting, and the easy conversational style veers into inappropriate cuteness. Sorry not sorry to be a crank, but Justice Powell was not O’Connor’s “new BFF” on the Cour [...]

    2. Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book, regardless of what my lukewarm rating might indicate. It was a fascinating and detailed look at two of the most fascinating and influential women in legal history, and I found myself captivated by both the sweeping historical narrative and the charming anecdotes and facts that Hirshman included, providing greater detail on both the Court itself and its first women. I appreciated Hirshman's ability to simplify the legal details in order to m [...]

    3. Meh. I love reading about the Supreme Court and in some ways this was as fun as any other book on the subject, but it also didn't really reveal all that much about the relationship between O'Connor and Ginsburg. It was a bit like two separate biographies joined together. If you've already read Joan Biskupic's biography of O'Connor then you definitely don't need this one to learn about SDOC. The stuff on Ginsburg is really interesting, but joining them together just felt sort of forced. While the [...]

    4. This is a stunning and insightful review of the careers of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first women on SCOTUS, and the second woman,Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On the surface, the two are as different as chalk and cheese, Sandra a stalwart Westerner with little interest in real feminism other than the fact that she quietly fought her way up the ladder from a traditional country club wife and mother to a member of the court. However, and while she was recognized as the reliable swing vote in many cases, her [...]

    5. Much of what goes on behind closed doors at the U.S. Supreme Court is shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation with only the most informed outsiders perspective to offer an informed explanation. Some of this is due to the fiercely guarded access to the nature of conducting the Court's business as well as court personnel and the Justices working papers, some of which are held in secrecy until long after the Justice has passed. Where a current Justice is involved there is even less [...]

    6. Nearly five stars. This is a book with an agenda. This is not merely a biography of these two Supreme Court Justices, though it does cover quite a bit of biographical information. This is a book about feminism and the women's legal civil rights movement. The decisions and careers are described through the lens of the effect on women and women's rights. The author is unapologetic about her view that women should be treated as full, dignified, equal participants in setting their own destinies. Tha [...]

    7. I learned a lot in this book about Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg, their lives before serving on the Court, and their bodies of work in general. Both of these women graduated from law school at the top of their classes in the 1950s, and neither one could find work in a law firm. No one would hire a woman at the time, and no judges would hire a woman clerk. O'Connor worked for free for a time, and Ginsburg ended up in academia at first. Incredible how much has changed in 50 years and how much of [...]

    8. I seldom do a real review of the books I read. Most of them are strictly for my own entertainment and really don't have much redeeming social value. This book, however, is different.I have probably spent more time in a court room than most trial lawyers because of directing the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children and then as the Family Court Administrator, both for 8 counties in southern Idaho. That and having been married to a judge and often sitti [...]

    9. This is a new book out that was a perfect fit for my reading project of the Supreme Court. The author Linda Hirshman received her law degree and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. She practiced law and appeared before the Supreme Court then became a law professor at Brandeis University. In 2002 she retired and now has become a well known author.I have read biographies about both O’Connor and Ginsburg, but this book excels in portraying the enormous obstacles both women encountered b [...]

    10. Ginsburg had never heard of O'Connor when she was appointed to the court but O'Connor was much aware of the opinions of Ginsburg and the body of opinions she had contributed to the law. Ginsburg was, however, pleased that O'Connor would join the court. The two women, however, forged an important relationship that changed the lives of women in this country.The author provides an annotation of the cases on which they worked, the assignment of cases and opinions to them, their agreement and disagre [...]

    11. This is an awesome retrospective on the first 2 female Supreme Court justices. I docked it one star only because it's very repetitive. Some readers may like that but you only have to tell me once.I get it.I am a big RBG fan and this treatment confirmed my thoughts about her.e is one tough but compassionate boss lady. I learned that she would like to retire but won't because Obama couldn't find another "her" that could get confirmede Republicans would filibuster and so she hangs on through grief [...]

    12. How appropriate that after I finished listening to this audio-book during my commute this morning, I found out that it is RBG's birthday. I am excited to honor her, O'Connor, and every other person who has contributed to gender equality by voting in MO's presidential primary today.

    13. Going into this, I knew a bit about Justice O'Connor, and a bit a less about Justice Ginsburg. O'Connor you kinda can't avoid learning about if you have even a passing interest in the Supreme Court. She was the first woman on the court, was conservative, but drifted leftward as the right got uglier, ending up largely defining the middle of American constitutional jurisprudence. She was from a political background, and often worked out compromises that kept the court from going too far in one dir [...]

    14. Linda Hirshman does a great job dissecting the tactics and patient strategies employed by both Justice O'Connor and Justice Ginsburg in advancing not just the common law, but humanity itself. As a raving fan of both jurists, I was pleased with the detailed portrayal of the efforts each of them made in the field of women's rights. I was also impressed by the honest and respectful way Hirshman describes the missteps that each made at times. All judges and Justices are human beings first. We the pe [...]

    15. What a valuable chronicle of the struggle for women's rights. But, a series of flaws kept me from loving it. First, it took a while for the tone to settle down. The author seems to have struggled to find a balance between snappy colloquial language and slightly more formal prose. I wanted her to choose and just get on with the narrative. Then, if I heard one more reference to Justice Ginsburg's size, I was going to scream. Sadly, these clichéd descriptors continued to the bitter end.Finally, wh [...]

    16. I went into this ambivalent -- I wasn't sure if a 300 page book about law would really hold my interest, but there has been a lot in the news about the SCOTUS lately and I thought a book about how two people with radically different political backgrounds worked together seemed timely. I was riveted the entire way through. This was a fascinating look at the law and how our judicial process works to interpret law. I learned so much about how the interpretation of law builds on previous cases to pr [...]

    17. Actual rating: 4.5These women. THESE PHENOMENAL, FIERCELY INTELLIGENT, ASS-KICKING, BALLS-OF-STEEL WOMEN.I dare you to read this book and not be inspired and awed by how these two (very different) women overcame pre-women's lib career obstacles and societal sexism to become the first and second woman on the Supreme Court. I have incredible respect for O'Connor, who tackled women's issues in her own way, using the Republican "good old boy" system to her advantage. Then, of course, there is the No [...]

    18. I would give this book a 4 for everything about RBG and a 3 overall. I echo other reader comments that once Hirshman decided upon the framework for this book (and the title) she was stuck with it, even though it doesn't quite all come together. O'Connor was the FWOTSC, and RBG was the second, and it about ends there. Hirshman mentions more than a couple times that O'Connor was not a strong advocate for women's rights. She is described as being a "bold Westerner" with blond hair, who was loyal to [...]

    19. I loved this book. I learned so much! Ensconced in an all women's college (Smith) in the 1970s, the travails of the women's movement were not on the front burner of my reality - I was living in a narrow world where women had no constraints. My feminism developed in the years I spent in Europe after graduating from college, where it was not a given that women could do everything. To go back in history as I read this book and learn about the specific cases and the issues contested gave me another [...]

    20. Excellent book about the first two female Supreme Court Justices. Both of their backgrounds include being unable to find a job after law school because they were women. Delves a lot into the reasons they make the decisions they did, which often has to do with personal history.

    21. This arduous read offers a well-researched book written for legal professionals by a legal professional. The author has assembled a case history of the women's rights movement based on opinions and rulings by O'Connor and Ginsburg. The title is rather misleading because the book focuses very little on the professional relationship between O'Connor and Ginsburg. Unfortunately, the author at times interjects back-handed, political opinions that detract from the tremendous amount of factual researc [...]

    22. Sisters in Law provided a very comprehensive look at the first two women justices on the Supreme Court. Since I didn't know much about O'Connor and Ginsburg, I was glad that the author, Linda Hirshman, spent some time reviewing their lives prior to their appointments. Hirshman did a good job of comparing and contrasting the careers and personalities of the two justices. I especially enjoyed learning about Ginsburg's work with the ACLU. I felt that some sections about specific cases and the inter [...]

    23. The backgrounds of these two Supreme Court Justices was interesting. I had a hard time slogging through all of the cases that these women defended or judged. Now, though, I am a little more interested in court proceedings. I can also see that the slog helped me understand their positions on Supreme Court cases. Unfortunately, I naively thought the judges were more neutral defenders of the Constitution. I was so disappointed to find out how political it is. Although I didn't love this book, it wa [...]

    24. Nice job of comparing and contrasting the first and second woman on the Supreme Court and examining their relationship. I still find Sandra Day O'Connor a big puzzle.

    25. Boring but still of interest to particular people. I had been intrigued by this book looking at two of the Supreme Court Justices, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It covers everything from their lives to the infamous Notorious RGB meme and the history of SCOTUS with these two women on it. While I think it's an important read, it's not a good one. At first I was pleasantly surprised that the author seemed to make the alternating paths work as she switches from following one than the [...]

    26. Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman (2015) is a nonfiction work that tracks the breaking down of gender roles over time in the United States. It considers the struggles that women faced in society through the perspective of the Supreme Court and its Justices. Hirshman (2015), a highly educated and prominent Supreme Court lawyer, political pundit, and culture historian focuses on Justice Sandra O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her work with the intent of telling how they laid the founda [...]

    27. I found her style challenging but the content was good and the legal history of a lot of that women's issues in the last 50 years was really interesting.

    28. I almost feel like this needs to have separate reviews, one for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and one for Sandra Day O'Connor. I knew very little about Justice O'Connor going into this book. I still don't think I've got a very good picture of her. The author clearly preferred Ginsburg over O'Connor, and therefore the kinda-sorta-parallel histories of the two of them felt biased against O'Connor. I felt like I got a very in-depth, nuanced picture of Ruth, and a glossed-over, hit-the-highlights view of San [...]

    29. I won a free copy of this in a GoodReads giveaway.This dual biography has a warm, chatty tone. It paints Sandra Day O'Connor as leaving a legacy of decisions that left little to no precedent for the country and lower courts to go forward on, but is sympathetic to the fine line that she was walking, between a steadfast belief in her own capacities as a woman and a judge and the tensions dividing both her colleagues and the society as a whole. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is clearly outlined as the more pr [...]

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