Published On: Sun, Mar 13th, 2016

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Memoir Is Coming & It’ll Be The Feminist Must-Read Of The Year

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Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, has announced in a press release that it will be publishing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memoir My Own Words in January 2017.

According to the New York based publisher announcement, My Own Words will be a selection of writings and speeches by  the upcoming biography on the second female Justice in America, Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, reflective of her career as an activist and Supreme Court Justice. The collection 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 U.S. shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

The second female Justice in America, Justice Ginsburg will write an introduction to the book, and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams will write introductions to each of the chapters, giving brief biographical context and including limited quotes from a few of the hundreds of interviews they have conducted for their forthcoming biography of Justice Ginsburg, which Simon & Schuster will publish at a date to be determined.

Ginsburg said she’d been taught from a young age to further equality and cherish independence.

My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the ’40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S.

Bader Ginsburg has held her seat as Supreme Court Justice for over 20 years. My Own Words, the first book she has written during her tenure, will present itself as an inspiring synopsis of her progressive stances, life lessons, and political knowledge.

Simon & Schuster Vice President and Editorial Director Alice Mayhew released a statement on the publication’s partnership with Bader Ginsburg.

Simon & Schuster is proud and thrilled to publish My Own Words by Justice Ginsburg in anticipation of her authorized biography. Justice Ginsburg is one of the most important and articulate legal thinkers and interpreters in the country. She is also a witty and engaged writer and speaker, and I am personally delighted to have another opera lover on board.

 

Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and one of three female justices currently serving on the Supreme Court (along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan).

Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she was nominated by President Jimmy Carter and served from 1980 to 1993 on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  In 1972, before becoming a judge, then Professor Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Throughout the 1970s she litigated a series of cases solidifying a constitutional principle against gender-based discrimination.  From 1972 to 1980 Justice Ginsburg was a professor at Columbia University School of Law; from 1963 to 1972, she served on the law faculty of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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