Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

By Linda Hirshman
Read by Andrea Gallo

13.48 Hours 09/01/2015 unabridged
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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 women 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 recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. Hirshman also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, setting precedent in cases dealing with 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, bringing 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.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

An NPR Best Book of 2015

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 women 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 recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. Hirshman also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, setting precedent in cases dealing with 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, bringing 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tale of two unfaltering women with steel-trap minds…Smart, startling, and profoundly moving.” Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cleopatra
“Carefully researched and enjoyably written.” Wall Street Journal
“The story of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, their separate routes to the Supreme Court, and what they accomplished during the more than twelve years they spent together is irresistible.” New York Times Book Review
“Vital…Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer—in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down—is her optimism.” Washington Post
“A gossipy, funny, sometimes infuriating, and moving tale of two women so similar and yet so different.” NPR
“Hirshman’s ability to write clearly about the law without oversimplifying enables her to explain how O’Connor played defense and Ginsburg offense.” Huffington Post
“An illuminating analysis…This superb book unpacks the remarkable achievements of the first two female Supreme Court justices.” Library Journal (starred review)
“An absorbing history of the struggle for women’s rights in the legal arena and the two extraordinary women who helped to advance those rights.” Booklist (starred review)
“Hirshman’s conversational style and deep analysis of several precedent-setting constitutional cases should appeal to both casual and professional readers.” Publishers Weekly
“An intelligent, evenhanded look at a changing society and its legal foundations.” Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fascinating audiobook…Narrator Andrea Gallo’s engaging, open voice has a slight rasp but is eminently compelling and inviting. While she doesn’t have an elastic range, she does adjust her tone to capture the momentous nature of the decisions the Court made during the shared tenure of these two judicial leaders.” AudioFile
“A thorough, accurate, and most readable account of the careers of the two first women to serve as Justices of the Supreme Court.” Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
“Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fascinating and informative but is also joyful—a stirring reminder of how these two pioneers for women’s rights have advanced the cause in their singular but complementary ways.” Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and author of The Oath
“A prodigious achievement and an important contribution to the history of our times.” Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake

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Author Bio: Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, pundit, and the author of Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution and many other books. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, and Salon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English