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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Notorious RBG - A Review

 

Notorious RBG     

By

Irin Carmon &

Shana Knizhnik

Reviewed by

Geoffrey W. Sutton

 

Notorious RBG caught my eye when looking for a book to listen to on our recent trip. Of course, her death had a lot to do with making Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life salient. The subtitle, The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, makes it clear this is a biography.

My wife and I liked the book because it gave us insight into this woman’s strength and determination, capacity for love, and her brilliant mind. The authors help us understand how her character and experience enabled her to fight sexism and cancer on a grand scale. Her lifelong love for her husband stands out in a time when so many relationships end badly. We also begin to understand how she could write powerful arguments yet be friends with those having a different worldview like conservative justice, Antonin Scalia. 

RBG was a woman who could argue fiercely for her perspective on justice yet keep focus on people who are ultimately impacted by legal decisions—especially those who have been marginalized by society.

As a man, I can better understand the obstacles that kept so many capable women out of leadership positions. Thankfully, RBG broke through the barriers and lived long enough to leave a lasting legacy promoting the equality of all people.

As a psychologist, I appreciate her actions promoting equality and social justice because societies lacking such a focus add incremental burdens that limit the opportunities for all people to enjoy life and pursue happiness. Even worse, oppressive regimes destroy mental health and sap the vitality from people who can foster greatness in a nation or organization.

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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