Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world

Hirshman, Linda R., author
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  • Creator Linda Hirshman
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015] ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • xxiii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780062238467, 0062238469
  • OCLC ocn900868775


  • "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"--Publisher's description.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-373) and index.
  • Text in English.


  • Country girl, city kid -- The lawsuit of Ruth's dreams -- Goldwater girl and card-carrying member of the ACLU -- Act one : building women's equality -- Intermission : abortion -- Act two : equality in peril -- Act three : the stay-at-home dad to the rescue -- Finale : boys and girls together -- Sandra O'Connor raises Arizona -- Welcome Justice O'Connor -- Women work for Justice O'Connor -- Queen Sandra's court -- No queen's peace in the abortion wars -- I'm Ruth, not Sandra -- Ginsburg's feminist voice -- The importance of being O'Connor and Ginsburg -- Justice O'Connor's self-inflicted wound -- The great dissenter -- Notorious R.B.G. -- Our heroines
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