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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg By Irin Carman and Shana Knizhnik

What You’ll Learn

  • How an elderly Supreme Court Justice became a pop icon

  • What was her journey to the Supreme Court

  • How a moderate justice became the most liberal of the nine judges

  • What is the source and meaning of the iconic necklace in the viral memes preserving her legacy

Who This is For

  • Students of U.S. History

  • Feminists and liberals

  • Anyone seeking to understand the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Key Insights

At 5 ft tall and 80 years old, Ruth Bader Ginsberg became a pop icon, dubbed “Notorious RBG” as a play off the then-popular rapper “Notorious B.I.G.” In 2013, she became a viral internet hero by the millennials who looked to her as the champion of...

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg began her law career as a champion for equal rights, and later became one of the first females to join the Supreme Court. Late in life, she became an unlikely hero and pop icon for her strong dissents after the Supreme Court began to shift towards conservatism. RBG is the nickname upon which her legacy has been preserved by Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s many fans and followers. 

About the Author

Irin Cameron is an Israeli-American journalist and commentator. She is a senior correspondent at New York Magazine and a CNN contributor. 

Shana Knizhnik is a civil rights attorney. While a student at NYU law school, she created the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr, a feminist website dedicated to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

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