Since she took office during the Clinton administration in 1993, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought a sensible, firm, and powerful female voice to the United States Supreme Court, where she has famously argued for gender equality and abortion rights. A deep dive off the viral Tumblr of the same name, the forthcoming book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at once an homage to the Justice Ginsburg's staunch advocacy for women's rights and a funny, yet never flippant, look at Ginsburg's recent success as an internet celebrity. The following are pages excerpted from the book, written by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik and available next Tuesday from HarperCollins. Here, Carmon and Knizhnik explain how and why Ginsburg argued for a "woman's autonomy to determine her life's course" and condemned the Court's "ancient notions about women's place in the family" by annotating a portion of Ginsburg's dissent in the Gonzales v. Carhart case, which upheld the 2003 ban on partial birth abortion.
Illustration by Eleanor Davis courtesy of HarperCollins
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