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To become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice, the unsinkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to overcome countless injustices. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ’40s, Ginsburg was discouraged from working by her father, who thought a woman’s place was in the home. Regardless, she went to Cornell University, where men outnumbered women four to one. There, she met h ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Kelli
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love when my children choose books based on what they see I’m reading. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration and this book explains the obstacles she had to constantly overcome on each step of her journey. In the words of my son, this was “inspiring.” 4.5 stars
Melki
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't set out to be a trailblazer. She became one out of necessity.

Not many women decided to become lawyers in the early fifties, but Ruth chose that career because she knew she had the verbal and analytical skills to handle the job as well as any man. The odds seemed to be stacked against her. When she arrived at Harvard Law School, there were only nine women out of a class of five hundred. She was not allowed to enter the periodical room in the law library because she was
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Licha
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. What an amazing woman. I really didn't know much about RBG when I started this. I know there is a recent movie out about her and I'd really love to see it, which is what probably prompted me to read this. I got enough of a glimpse into her life from this book to now say I am a fan. What an inspiring woman. I wish this was one of those books I had read to my daughter when she was growing up. We need such books with great women role models.

Because I'm a crybaby, of course I cried
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Montzalee Wittmann
Wonderful book about an inspiring woman!

Ruth Nader Ginsburg:The Case of R.B.G. Vs Inequality goes into the early and private life of Ruth. So many obstacles were in her way, or any female or Jew at that time, to accomplish anything! She never stopped despite the resistance! I did learn a lot about her life! She is one of my female real life heros. I think all girls and minorities should read this.
Claire
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes, this is a picture book. But, it's a more enriching way to learn the basics about a historical figure than reading their Wikipedia page.

Maybe my new hobby will be reading kid's books on history so that I can actually learn something without getting bogged down in hundreds of pages of detail that I'm not going to remember anyway?
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Earl
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great example why 2017 is the year of nonfiction picture books.*

Presented as a case trial (including exhibits), readers get to know the obstacles RBG faced to get a higher education and to be taken seriously in her profession as a woman-and her mother. Nevertheless, she persisted. Her intelligence, work ethic, and moral compass made her not only a champion of human rights but an icon, as well. A glossary and author's note is included in the back.

The illustrations- even the endpapers- a
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Karen Witzler
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the better looks at RBG, who is the subject of several children's books. This one was a NYT Best Illustrated Book of 2017. ...more
Ashley Adams
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The biography of the notorious RBG will serve as an inspiration for feminists of all ages.
Nancy
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, biography
Inspiring! And with great illustrations!
Joanie
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this to my two sons and hearing their outrage at the discrimination RBG faced. My oldest asked me if I want to be like her when I “grow up.” Obviously! We need more books like this aimed at kids.
Ruth
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of kids' book that doesn't talk down to the child. I learned all about RBG's life in a succinct 48 pages. The author took the angle of making it a case of law set out before you.

Intrigued me enough that I've put an adult version of her biography on my reading list.
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Ashley
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved this story of RBG. It is perfect for elementary school kids. Beautiful illustrations! A must for my personal book shelf!
Angelina
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is a really good biography of RBG for younger readers. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the illustrations, but I guess they work quite well with the text. Presented in the form of a case trial, it tells her life story focusing particularly on all the obstacles she had to overcome as a Jewish woman, mother and a Harvard law student at the time. They are presented as Exhibits in the trial and the author describes them as “some of the more outrageous nonsense Ruth endured”. The book also has a glos
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Christine
This biography of the 2nd Woman Supreme Court Justice is short and concise (pun intended). Perfect for the elementary crowd with just enough information to pique their interest but not overwhelm them. The bibliography is extensive if they want to learn more or are writing a report. What an amazing woman.
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: RUTH BADER GINSBURG: THE CASE OF R.B.G. VS. INEQUALITY by Jonah Winter and Stacy Innerst, ill. Abrams, August 2017, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-2559-3

“You owe it to the job to be a lady
It’s the duty of the staff for to give the boss a whirl
The wages that you get are crummy, maybe
But it’s all you get cos you’re a girl”
--Peggy Seeger “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer” (1972)

“The median salary for women working full time is about 80 percent of men’s. That gap, put in other terms, means women are
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Kifflie
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a very clever way to tell RBG's story to kids -- by making her life and career one long "case" against inequality. Being female, and Jewish, she had two strikes against her from the start. But she also inherited some fierce determination and resilience from her mother, and Ruth's brilliance could not be denied. Even now she keeps fighting against a reactionary majority on the Supreme Court as well as the cancer that sidelined her briefly in 2009.

The book is also beautifully illus
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Carley Perkins
I loved this story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). I really didn't know much about RBG when I started this. However, from reading it I can firmly say that RBG is a truly inspiring and strong woman. I think all elementary school students especially young girls should read this. The illustrations are beautifully done and very detailed to the story. Also, the book is kid-friendly because it includes a glossary at the end explaining some of the terms used. Ruth's story teaches students about determina ...more
Peacegal
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely, inspiring look at a very strong individual. Readers of all ages will learn something and hopefully reflect on why we need people who dissent and question in our world. Just because it's the majority opinion doesn't always make it right! ...more
Erika
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What an insightful picture book biography! I loved learning so much more about RBG. I also like how Winter tells Ginsburg’s story using legal jargon in an age-appropriate way. The gouache illustrations are perfect and there aren’t better endpapers to accompany this book.
Brenda Kahn
This is quite the year for RBG biographies!
Pam
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t skip the author’s note in the back
Heidi
A powerful look at the second female Supreme Court Justice ever appointed and the numerous obstacles she had to overcome to get there.
Mariko
This biography about the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg who America tragically lost recently was an attention-grabbing read. The plotline is formatted like a law suit, including exhibits for evidence, introductions, and conclusions, which added to the overall creativity. As someone who didn't know too much about RBG, the book was highly informative and narrated fascinating stories from her life. RGB's journey to becoming a Supreme Court Justice was not an easy one. She was faced with societal pressur ...more
Shaye Miller
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another great 48-paged picture book and I really appreciated how it began like a court case: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: During this trial, you will learn about a little girl who had no clue just how important she would become. You will see the unfair world she was born into–where boys were valued more than girls, where women were not encouraged to achieve and aspire. You will see evidence of that unfairness, just as she herself has seen it all her life. Here are the fact of her c ...more
Samantha McDowell
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality tells the amazing story of how RGB became the most well-known Supreme Court justices in American history. Jonah Winter details her journey from childhood to adulthood using words that would inspire anyone. Winter provides just enough detail throughout every step of RGB’s life to give the reader an idea of what she went through to get where she ended up. By showing the hardships she endured during her life, shows readers that no matter what l ...more
Ashley Fulkerson
I really enjoyed this book because it taught me about Ruth Bader Ginsburg than I had previously known as well as showed all the discrimination that she had to overcome. All I knew about RBG before this book was that she was a female Supreme Court justice, but I had never gotten any deeper than that. Children's books continue to surprise me each week with how much I am able to learn from them. Reading this book, it made me mad for RBG because of how she kept being looked over and discriminated ag ...more
Julie
My favorite line in the book is actually from the author's note: "When asked how many women on the Supreme Court would 'be enough,' she responds: 'When there are nine.' YES!" The author and illustrator do thorough, informative work in distilling the essence of who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: lawyer, mother, wife, daughter, legal scholar, justice, feminist, and "symbol of justice in America." This New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of 2017 is certain to inspire girls and women to overcome ...more
Chris
This seemingly tiny woman is a powerhouse. I love hearing her speak when I see her on Facebook or on the tv. Smart, Fair. And, unfortunately getting older. Born in 1933, that makers her somewhere in her 84th year, and still going strong! Highly recommended to school age kids AND adults!
Wendy
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic, childrens
I saw the documentary RBG and am now kind of obsessed with her! Loved this kids biography. Interesting how they really have to explain that women didn't go to college or have jobs in the 40's & 50's because things are so different today (thank goodness!!). ...more
Vanessa
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good! Well-written, moving biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's very kid-friendly while also thought-provoking. I enjoyed this one! Jonah Winter has done a lot of biographies and I've read a few of them; he's definitely on my list. ...more
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Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including Barack, which was a New York Times bestseller. His books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, and more. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter divides his time between Santa Fe and a small town in Pennsylvania.

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