Remembering the Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scholar, lawyer, judge, and Justice, an undeniable American icon, died on September 18 at the age of eighty-seven.

Her legal career spanned more than half a century, culminating in her appointment in 1993 to the United States Supreme Court. She served 27 years on it,  becoming its most prominent member and is remembered for her withering dissents and unrivaled work ethic.  Overcoming gender discrimination in the legal field, she became a forceful voice for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights throughout her career. 

A feminist icon to generations of women and girls and, in her later years, an unexpected pop culture hero, Ginsburg’s perseverance, fierce attitude and push to break barriers are inspiring to many. 

Want to get a closer look at the remarkable life and indelible legacy of this petite powerhouse. Whether it is her status as an unlikely fashion icon, her famous workout routines, her supportive relationship with late husband Marty Ginsberg, to her place in history as a feminist trailblazer– it’s all in the books and DVDs below.

Access biographical articles, videos, websites, and more from the Gale Biography in Context database here.

Some of the books listed below are also available on Overdrive.

Conversations with RBG : Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen

(Book on CD)

This remarkable book presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on more than twenty years of conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice’s observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is apparent in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution—and for opera.

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett with Wendy W. Williams

A  witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. It offers  a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women

Notorious RBG : the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by  Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.

(Book on CD)

A visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From her refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation2s highest court, with the fierce dissents to match, get to know RBG as never before

On the Basis of Sex –  DVD

The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows Ginsburg as a young lawyer as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the US Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. 


At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans. This film explores Ginsburg’s fascinating life and career.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg : a life by Jane Sherron de Hart

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, written with the cooperation of Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the Justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and associates. De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect.

Sisters in law : How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman

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.  This dual biography 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.

The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon by Antonia Felix & Mimi Leder

Published On the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the Supreme Court, this unofficial pictorial retrospective celebrates and honors the barrier-breaking achievements of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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