The first Jewish U.S. female Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, grew up seeing injustice and grew up determined to fight against it. Her story is told in the children’s picture book “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark.”
I Dissent is the true story of a woman who fought against prejudice and won! Ruth grew up in Brooklyn, New York witnessing prejudice against Jews, African-Americans and fortunately had a mother who wanted her to do more than cook, sew and find a husband. Ruth’s mother took her to the library where Ruth read about female heroes including Amelia Earhart and this inspired Ruth. Upon her high school graduation, Ruth’s mother died; Ruth was devastated, but she went ahead to college because she knew it was what her mother would want.
Ruth excelled in college, and went on to attend law school, eventually becoming one of the first female law professors in the United States to a lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court to fight for women’s rights. In 1993 President Clinton appointed Bader-Ginsberg to the Supreme Court of the United States!
I Dissent is not only informative, but it is also a fun and inspiring read! It is filled with humorous illustrations that convey Bader-Ginsberg’s spunk as a young girl and young woman. It succeeds at explaining aspects of the Supreme Court voting process, and teaches strategy for stage fright and performance anxiey. Most importantly, it teaches children that one person can make a difference and achieve amazing goals – even when faced with tragedy.