Book Review | Dissenter to the Bench by Victoria Ortiz

Dissenter to the Bench by Victoria Ortiz

Non-Fiction, Biography

Clarion Books | June 4th, 2019

5/5 Stars


Dramatically narrated case histories from Justice Ginsburg’s stellar career are interwoven with an account of RBG’s life—childhood, family, beliefs, education, marriage, legal and judicial career, children, and achievements—and her many-faceted personality is captured. The cases described, many involving young people, demonstrate her passionate concern for gender equality, fairness, and our constitutional rights. Notes, bibliography, index.


While I have no desire to work in law, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be an inspiration to all women. She fought hard to get where she is, knocking down gender stereotypes. After reading In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo and reading the part about RBG I was amazed by her life and all she’s overcome, so when I saw this book I knew I needed to read it and I’m so glad I did. 

This book has both information about Ruth and her life and some of the cases she was a part of. While I was reading this book, I realized how male-dominated the justice system is. RBG was only the second women ever to be a part of the Supreme Court. After reading about some of these cases that she worked, I realized if she hadn’t been on the Court some of these cases may have gone differently.

 For example, in the case of Safford Unified School District vs Redding: Savana Redding was accused of having drugs at school by a classmate and was sent to the office where they made Savana remove her clothes to search her for drugs. Savana was not carrying any drugs and when her mother found out what had happened she took the school to court. The case was leaning toward the school for a win, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg being the only woman justice on the case she made the men think about how they would feel if their 13-year-old daughters/granddaughters were made to do the same thing. Savana Redding won the case.

This book also covers Ruth’s life growing up from a young child to now. While reading this book I realized that Ruth has always been the way she is. She believes in equality among the sexes and always has. If you are interested in learning more about RBG you should check this book out, I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Edelweiss and Clarion Books for this ARC in return for an honest review.



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