Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law

by Linda Hirshman

Overview: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.

Judy Stanton (01/01/17): This NY Times Bestseller tells the story of how the two first female supreme court justices, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, went to the Supreme Court and changed the world. A very timely read, the book tells the back story of how these women reached the pinnacle of legal success, despite finding it hard to get a job in the legal field early in their careers.

It is the kind of read that you take a chapter at a time, with time to absorb all the information. So much of the benefits for women that are taken for granted today were just won within our lifetime, and many, thanks to the bold efforts of these women. The book shows the conservative vs the liberal outlook, and the ebb and flow of decision making over time. It is at once hopeful and disconcerting to those of us who value women's rights.
Rating: *****

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