Just days after International Women's Day and just over a week into National Women's History Month, and women everywhere have another reason to keep the celebration going: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is releasing a memoir. My Own Words , which is being published by Simon & Schuster, won't be released until January 2017, but luckily for all of us, there are books to read about Ruth Bader Ginsburg while we wait for her memoir.
My Own Words , which according to the press release is a precursor to an upcoming biography about the Justice, will be made up of a collection of Ginsburg's previous speeches and writings covering everything from her identity as a Jewish woman to interpreting the constitution, and of course, women's rights. Ginsburg will pen the book's introduction, but biographers Mary Harnett and Wendy W. Williams will write the introductions to each chapter.
A truly inspiring activist, educator, and political figure, Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon and a true champion of equality, and her book is sure to give us an intimate look into her brilliant mind and noble heart. But, since January seems impossibly far away, check out these five books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg to read while you wait for My Own Words.
1. Sisters-in-Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
A perfect blend of history, law, and personal anecdotes, Linda Hirshman's duel biography of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a well researched and highly readable book perfect for RBG super fans and anyone interested in women in law and politics. A close look at two women who, on the surface, could not have been more different, yet who both became transformative forces in the lives of American women, Sisters-in-Law is as enlightening as it is inspiring.
2. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
What started as an innocent Tumblr page grew into an Internet-breaking sensation and now a book. Notorious RBG is at once a love letter to the groundbreaking Justice, a tribute to the impossible feats she's accomplished, and an exploration of her legendary career. Smart, lively, and ultimately moving, this book will make you love Ginsburg even more than you already do.
3. The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Scott Dodson
A comprehensive account of Ginsburg's extraordinary life, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg chronicles the rise of this remarkable legal icon. With the help of writings from those who know her career best — political, law, and history scholars as well as avid court watchers — Scott Dodson's book is an all-inclusive look into Ruth Bader Ginsburg's prominent and influential work over the last 50 years.
4. Raising the Bar: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU Women's Rights Project by Amy Leigh Campbell
Before RBG was the notorious Justice she is, she spent years fighting for women's rights as a lawyer, educator, and fearless advocate. Raising the Bar explores the decade following 1971 when Ginsburg founded the ACLU Women's Rights Project and battled tirelessly to turn gender equality from theory to reality. Thorough and thoughtful, this is a must read for anyone interested in Ginsburg and women's rights.
5. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book: A Tribute to the Always Colorful and Often Inspiring Life of the Supreme Court Justice Known as RBG by Tom F. O'Leary
Though SheKnows released a free printable RBG coloring book perfect for Women's History Month, Tom F. O'Leary's The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book is the tribute to the Justice we've all been waiting for, but never knew it. Fun and unique, this lighthearted coloring book is the perfect and inspiring way to pass time as you wait for My Own Words.