Thanks to her tenure as a Supreme Court justice as well as her monumental impact on the modern women’s rights movement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to be one of the most prominent—and admired—women in American history. In addition to her judicial significance, she also became an inspiring culturally popular figure, and her story has been featured in multiple critically acclaimed films.
The RBG Way offers wisdom from Justice Ginsburg, based on comments she made on particular topics of importance. Insight is offered on subjects such as women’s rights, creating lasting partnerships, overcoming hardship, how to be brave, and how to create lasting change. Rebecca Gibian offers her seasoned journalistic perspective to shed light on this remarkable woman.
“If you yearn to achieve success like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this is your book . . . A road map for those who aspire to become notorious.” —Booklist
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IT IS 1959, AND TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Ruth Bader Ginsburg is having trouble getting a job. She’s already attended Harvard Law School, where she was one of only nine women seated among more than five hundred men. But then her husband, Marty, got a job offer in New York City, so Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she became the first woman to be on two major law reviews: the Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review. Now, having graduated from Columbia tied for first in her class, she was looking for a job at a law firm or as a clerk to a judge or justice.
None of her accomplishments seemed to matter to the men in charge of the legal world. She was not given an offer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, despite a successful clerkship the summer before. They already hired an African American woman, which fulfilled their commitment to diversity. Ginsburg applied to a dozen other firms, resulting in only two second interviews and no job offers.
Judge Learned Hand of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also denied Ginsburg a job, even though they shared an interest in process theory. So did Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, who wouldn’t even interview Ginsburg for a clerkship position.
And there’s no question about it: potential employers rejected her due to her gender. Despite graduating at the top of her class, being on two law reviews, and having strong recommendations—including one from a professor (and later dean) at Harvard Law School, Albert Martin Sacks—Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Jewish woman and a mother to a young toddler, which were three strikes against her. She may have accomplished a lot, on top of seeing her husband through his first bout of cancer, but she just couldn’t get a job.