‘I Dissent’! says Octogenerian, the Notorious R.B.G. (a riff on rapper Notorious B.I.G.)



Few people do not know of the feminist and legal pioneer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court.  Yes, she’s a Supreme Court Justice, a glass-ceiling-breaker, and an 82-year-old Jewish grandma. She’s also a meme.

The notorious RBG is the subject of at least three recently released books: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (a children’s picture book biography), My Own Words  and Notorious RBG – The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg a New York Times bestseller.

In their new book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik capitalize on what is (perhaps) an unlikely recent obsession in our culture: an octogenarian Supreme Court justice.

Building on Knizhnik’s Tumblr, which documents Ginsburg-inspired manicures and RBG-Destiny’s Child memes, the book mixes cheeky fan art with a serious – and stirring – account of …. from ‘Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth’ from Rolling Stone Magazine


You can also find the Notorious RBG on Twitter “Coming your way @realDonaldTrump. We hope you read up on RBG’s “very good brain.”





A new picture book ‘I Dissent’ about Ruth Bader Ginsburg teaches kids the value of dissent. It also explains how a young girl who objected to injustice grew up to become the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court.

RBG on dissenting opinions:

Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way,’ but the greatest dissents do become court opinions.  (from an interview on Live with Bill Maher)


Some sneak peeks into ‘I Dissent’: the image above and the next six along with a summary and reviews from Amazon.



Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.










Editorial Reviews for I Dissent

Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. . . . Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Baddeley and Levy [. . . .] demonstrate how disagreement can lead to meaningful discussion and doesn’t have to be personal. This lively, inviting, and informative biography of a historic woman will empower young ones to bravely voice their opinions.” (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)

“[A] spirited picture book biography of the second woman to sit on the high court.” (Publishers Weekly)

*”This dynamic offering is an essential purchase that will be useful for completing assignments as well as for pleasure reading.” (School Library Journal, STARREV REVIEW)







In My Own Words, a collection of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s writings and speeches dating back to the eighth grade, the woman now known as “Notorious R.B.G.” comes across not as the rock-star liberal jurist her adoring fans celebrate, but a cool cucumber in the white-hot world of Washington, a voice of reason speaking up for civility.




An example of what you will find in My Own Words: a letter to the editor RBG wrote as a college student taking a stand against wiretapping.




For much more on this smart, influential lady of the law, check out the wonderfully notorious Tumblr: Notorious RBG


Even the White House remarked that she didn’t earn the nickname ‘Notorious RBG for nothing’.


Inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a visually rich, intimate, and unprecedented look at the iconic Supreme Court Justice (from Skirball Cultural Centre)

“The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life. . . . Notorious RBG may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. . . . That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to [its] storytelling and panache.”— Jennifer Senior, New York Times

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.

But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.




Fighting Words – Why RBG is speaking out and what it means for the battles ahead 




RBG’s Advice for Living


RBG on female Supreme Court Justices (from an interview with 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, via CBS News)
[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.


And there’s mo56cf54391e0000230070ec281re in The Notorious RBG Coloring Book 



JEFFREY ROSEN: You are famously a huge opera fan. But recently you’ve become an Internet sensation because ofanother kind of music. There are all these T-shirts going around the Internet saying, “NOTORIOUS R.B.G.” So my first question is: Do you even know who the Notorious B.I.G. is?

RUTH BADER GINSBURG: My law clerks told me. It’s not the first T-shirt. The first one appeared after Bush v. Gore. Those T-shirts showed my picture and, under it, the words “I DISSENT.” Now, there are many take-offs on the “NOTORIOUS R.B.G. shirt. Another T-shirt, done after the Shelby County decision, displays, “I LOVE R.B.G.” See more at the New Republic interview



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