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Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen

In September 2020, feminist icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as the Notorious RBG, died at the age of 87.

Beginning in the 1990s and continuing onto the Trump era, Conversations with RBG draws on more than 20 years of conversations with journalist and friend Jeffrey Rosen.

In 1959, RBG graduated at the top of her law school class, but couldn’t find a law firm willing to employ her. Why? Because she was a married Jewish woman and a mother!

RBG didn’t enter law with the intention of being an equal rights advocate, but found her calling, especially championing women’s rights.

In conversation, RBG discusses the future of the 1973 landmark decision of Roe v Wade, legalising access to safe abortion. She also discusses her favourite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, lead a productive and compassionate life, and the future of the Supreme Court.

I enjoyed the casual banter that friends, RBG and Jeffrey, share in Conversations with RBG. The Q&A format enhances its accessibility, especially considering the often complex issues being discussed. If you’ve followed Justice Ginsburg’s career or simply want to know more about her, this book highlights RBG witty intellect.

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy Macmillan, RRP $37.99


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