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Monday, June 18, 2018

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkI Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark is a picture book biography about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and Ruth spends a majority of the book disagreeing with prevailing wisdom. Introducing children to very basic legal terms like "dissent," and explaining what a dissenting Supreme Court opinion is, Levy frames I Dissent as a common sense biography of a woman who feels that someone needs to disagree with things that are incorrect. Instead of becoming a disagreeable book, I Dissent objects to the status quo, from systemic prejudice against certain groups of people to issues like girls in the 1950s and 60s being required to take home economics instead of shop class.

I Dissent is a great biography! It is straightforward and full of good humor while also containing a lot of stealthy information. For slightly older readers interested in Ruth Bader Ginsburg, check out this year's No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull, which has beautiful illustrations and more detailed text, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R. B. G vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter, which cleverly breaks down the case against gender-based discrimination in a series of legal-esque memos in addition to giving the reader a bit more detail about anti-Semitism. Slightly younger readers might enjoy Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Heather Moore Niver, which is much shorter and has fewer words than the last two books, but it has a lot of information about Ginsburg's life and some excellent photographs.

Readers who are interested in other real life Jewish heroes should check out Portraits of Jewish American Heroes by Malka Drucker (RBG, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Spielberg are all included!) as well as our Biography section for specific life stories. If you want to read more about awesome ladies who did amazing things, check out More Girls who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann.

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