Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality

Jonah Winter, illus. by Stacy Innerst. Abrams, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2559-3
Winter (The Secret Project) and Innerst (The Music in George’s Head) use the frame of a court case to trace the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The evidence of the sexism and discrimination Ginsberg faced is abundant, often described in “exhibits” for readers (“Exhibit F: Even among law firms supposedly open to hiring women, not one firm would hire her. She was a woman, she was Jewish, and she was a mother”). Innerst’s muted palette adds to the retrospective feel of a story that unfolds over several decades; in one striking scene, Ginsburg reads a dissent from the bench while her fellow justices yawn and look away. A valuable and moving account of a woman who, as Winter writes in closing, “has herself become a symbol of justice in America.” Ages 6–9. Illustrator’s agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/03/2017
Release date: 08/08/2017
Genre: Children's
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