Trust me when I say this—Ruth Bader Ginsburg rocks. There’s a good reason why she’s affectionately known as The Notorious RBG. About a dozen years ago I had the great pleasure to meet the U.S. Supreme Court Justice and I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s brilliant, feisty, dedicated and outspoken. When she was asked when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court she shot back, “When there’s nine.” She pointed out that no one was shocked when there were nine men. Why shouldn’t there be nine women?
You can imagine my delight when I learned that Ginsburg and her authorized biographers are preparing a book of her writings and speeches, My Own Words, due out from Simon & Schuster in early 2017. To help whet your appetite, here are our five things we can’t wait to read about in the new book:
- The SCOTUS sisterhood. Ginsburg and O’Connor were like a one-two punch when they were on the court together and the fierce factor shot up exponentially this year when Justices Sotomayor and Kagan joined her in dominating the bench in the Texas abortion clinic case.
- Her Odd Couple friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. He was big, brash and bold. She’s tiny, reserved and immaculate. He was an angry opponent of marriage equality and abortion. She was a fierce advocate for the same. And yet, they were best buddies and Supreme pals and her tribute when he died was everything we might hope for from a BFF.
- Interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Members of Congress keep insisting that their individual interpretation of the Constitution is the correct one. It would be illuminating to hear about how that’s done from a brilliant jurist, especially one who believes that there’s inspiration from abroad.
- What’s up with all the opera? It’s well known that Ginsburg and Scalia were opera buddies, but why are lawyers so nutty for opera?
- A sneak peek at her biography. Included in the book will be snippets from the upcoming authorized biography of RBG. Considering that hundreds of people have already been interviewed, it will be fascinating to find out what’s in store.