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Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  93 reviews
You've probably seen her on T-shirts, mugs, and even tattoos. Now that famous face graces the cover of this Who Was? book.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was famous for her stylish collars (called jabots) and her commanding dissents. This opera-loving New Yorker always spoke her mind; as a young lawyer, RBG advocated for gender equality and women's rights when few others d
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Penguin Workshop
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Janete
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Project Learning English by myself through children's books. I loved this book and Mrs. Ruth Ginsburg's life and sense of justice.

"But at law, Ruth proved to be a natural. Soon she stood out in her class as a star student.
That wasn't the only reason she stood out at Harvard Law School in 1956. It was also because she was female. There were only nine women in her class - and more than five hundred men!

None of the teachers were female. Harvard Law had only started accepting women students a few ye
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Licha
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
As always, this series deserves 5 stars. The great RBG deserves 5+ stars. My rating shows 3 stars only because for the most part, I rate biographies 3 stars.

Notes to remember or details I found interesting:

--Ruth's mother died the day before Ruth was supposed to give a speech at her graduation but because of such an unfortunate event, she wasn't able to.

--Ruth became pregnant, which upset her then boss and he ended up cutting her salary and lowering her rank.

--Ruth wasn't sure about going to law
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Amanda
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who Headquarters for another win! I love these books.
Occasionally I wonder why a certain individual is chosen for one of these biographies. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fantastic, high quality addition.
Go, Ruth, go!
Tina
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
RBG is a national treasure.
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
I adore Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I am so glad that my daughter enjoys learning about her as well.
Shaye Miller
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another (even more lengthy at 112 pages) nonfiction chapter book that chronicles the life of Ginsburg from her birth on March 15, 1933 through 2018. It starts with a section on “Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?” which talks about how her mother taught her to care for others who had even less than they had. So for every birthday, Ruth celebrated at a nearby orphanage with children who didn’t have parents. She and her mom brought treats and she enjoyed the smiles on their faces, immensely. And ...more
Lakshmi
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Every kid, who is interested in public policy and wanting to make a change in a community will like this.
Desi Kennedy
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these little biographies!! They are great way to introduce kids to reading about real people.
Karen Rogers
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating woman. Such a quiet, little woman who was so powerful and moved the needle for equal rights for all! Wonderful quick little read about this inspirational lady!
Abby
I think the theme is never give up or stay happy
Pumkin pie
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Very interesting!
Abby
Mar 27, 2020 added it
I think the theme is never give up!
Kaiya
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. I would recommend!
KD Hamilton
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and short audio book of a brilliant and influential woman
Kaitlyn Ballenger
I enjoyed this book very much!! Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an important person and did a lot for woman, so they could have rights just like men.
L3nda
Feb 23, 2020 added it
My family asked me what RBG did and I couldn’t give a great answer. I love The Who Is? And Who Was books to read and learn together!

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethrens is that they take their feet off our necks.”
Sarah Grinké

Destroying the law now would be, “like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”
RBG

“...do something outside yourself...something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meani
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Virginia Loehr
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Ew
Krista
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
On page 51-52, in the discussion of her difficulty with obtaining a job even though she, "had graduated at the very top of her class at a top law school" (accurate), this book fails to include being Jewish as one of the reasons law firms did not want to hire Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This omission is glaring because the discussion mentions two strikes against her being that she was both a woman and a mother. We should take her own words that it was THREE things: " I struck out on three grounds: I was ...more
Adysnewbox
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My daughters love the "Who Was" series of books (and the associated Netflix television show). They are not intended to be exhaustive biographies, but generalized overviews of the societal impact a person has had. In this regard, I thought "Who Is(Was) Ruth Bader Ginsburg?" was an excellent way for my girls to learn about a powerful and important woman in the United States. I was able to check the book out from the library right after Ms. Ginsburg passed away (sadly making the book's title obsole ...more
Camille
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Sophia
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Published December 3, 2019

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You've probably seen her on T-shirts, mugs, and even tattoos. Now that famous face graces the cover of this Who Was? book. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was famous for her stylish collars (called jabots) and her commanding dissents. This opera-loving New Yorker always spoke her mind; as a young lawyer, RBG advocated for gender equality and women's rights when few others did. She gained attention for the cases she wo
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Kaytlynn Menke
I used this series for both informational and historical texts. Why? Because they work for both categories! These books are highly informational in digestible chunks, have historical value and accuracy, and can be about time periods, major historical events, and people throughout history! I love using these as good introductory source materials for curious minds. These books can be worked into ELA, social studies, and science standards because of their biographical material, informational intent ...more
Emily Mae Dilley
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick fun read to see how RBG is presented to younger audiences. I was surprised by how thorough of a book this was, and the depth of information provided (specifically with regards to some of her most impactful cases). I do wish the book drew on events to provide context for others (e.g. it never actually says RBG's mother died or how that impacted her later life, leaving the end of that chapter at Ruth studying by her mother's bedside when she was sick). The eBook also needs some fo ...more
Sobia
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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An excellent book to introduce RBG to the young kids of today, especially girls and how women had to fight for the rights they take granted today.

Saw "On the Basis of Sex" when it came out and loved it. While reading this, I kept going back to the movie and picturing RBG going through the struggles and how supportive her husband was in everything.

Love all the books in this series. My older kids read them still.
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Shawn
As with most of the "Who Was" series, this book does an appreciable job of touching on all the stand-out moments in RBG's life. I hope every child reads this or that every parent reads it to their child.

"...do something outside yourself...something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That's what I think a meaningful life is - living not for oneself, but for one's community."

I miss her.
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Kim
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
For Women's Month I wanted to read about exceptional women in history. I found this on display at the library and decided to check it out. It did not disappoint, I enjoyed learning about Ruth and her journey in life. I hope to find more of these books at the library to continue learning about women in history. ...more
Sarah Karlekar
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the most inspirational women I've ever read about. She was super smart and tied to the top of her class out of 500 men! She fought her way up to the Supreme Court and didn't stay quiet when it came to women's rights. She wasn't shy to voice her opinion even if it was different than what others thought. I think Ruth is an amazing role model for people to follow. ...more
Natalie
I always knew that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awesome and this book confirmed it! She's so amazing!

I loved learning everything about her. She's an amazing woman.

Ruth was tiny, soft-spoken, and always polite. Yet when it came to standing up for peoples' rights, she was a warrior.
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Sundee Perkins
This is my first WhoHQ book, and truthfully, for a kid's book, I thought this was really well done. It's not long, but it had a lot of great information, including explaining what lawyers, courts, and the Supreme Court is. I only knew tidbits of her life, so for me, most of this biography was new and insightful for me. She truly was an amazing person. ...more
Sydney Fanning
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This amazing account of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well as the achievements and legislature that she has pioneered make this book and this lady nothing short of a role model. The imagery both in the writing and the illustrations make this easy to digest without taking anything away from the impact that RBG had in life and her legacy will continue to support.
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