Audiobook Review: “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a national treasure. She is one of my heroes, and I think I share her with many of you. The things she has done to advance gender equality… she is a tiny powerhouse that I am so thankful for.

This is her biography, but it isn’t a typical biography. We do learn some about her childhood, meeting her life partner and raising her children but the focus is on her career, her speeches and her writings.

This audiobook is well narrated by Linda Lavin, but is mostly full of archival recordings of the Justice’s recorded remarks, speeches, parts of lectures, bench announcements and dissents. It was like RGB was in the car with me. I’m not going to lie, some of these recordings went a bit over my head as I’m not even remotely educated in law (and I skipped through some of the bench announcements). But it isn’t all like that. I enjoyed her talk about the daily goings on at the Supreme Court, the way she talked about Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and remembering Chief Justice Rehnquist. I enjoyed hearing about her nomination to the Supreme Court. And I really enjoyed the speeches by her husband, Martin Ginsburg.

I feel like I more fully understand the significant gender equality cases she tried in court, and how they have changed lives. It is amazing how far we have come in a society, even though there is still more work to be done.

I highly recommend the audio version.

3 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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  1. I’ve only ever read Sisters in Law which profiled her and Sandra Day O’Connor – she is fascinating. I actually enjoyed On the Basis of Sex biopic, but still haven’t had a chance to see the R.B.G. documentary


      1. It’s worth reading, it may have cast her in too kind a light because she did throw a lot of people under the bus but it portrayed her in a very specific setting so give and take?


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