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The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By Scott Dodson, ed. New York:
Cambridge University Press, 2015. 314 pp. $29.99 cloth.
Reviewed by Susan Burgess, Department of Political Science, Ohio
Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Law professor. Gener-
al Counsel for the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. Pop culture
icon. As Scott Dodson puts it, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “impact on
the law over the last half-century cannot be overstated” (p. ix).
While her successful challenges to gender norms and her fiery dis-
sents on behalf of voting rights and equal pay are the source of
much of her popular acclaim, this fine collection of essays also
explores her contributions to the fields of federal procedure, juris-
diction, federalism, international law, criminal procedure, and tax
law. The collection is divided into four parts: Shaping a Legacy,
Rights and Remedies, Structuralism, and The Jurist. As is perhaps
befitting a collection devoted to detailing her wide-ranging legacy,
contributors include law professors, media stars, a practitioner, a
historian, a sitting judge and even a short previously published
piece penned by Ginsburg herself.
As contributor and Legal Affairs Correspondent for National
Public Radio Nina Totenberg succinctly suggests Ginsburg
“changed the way the world is for American women” (p. 4). Slate
Magazine Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick notes that it has become
somewhat clich
e to refer to Ginsburg as “the Thurgood Marshall of
Women’s Rights” (p. 222). Many of the essays in this collection
detail exactly how this shift took place, emphasizing the careful
legal, professional, and personal strategies that Ginsburg employed,
slowly but surely upending gender norms that had oppressed wom-
en for years. The collection includes several essays that show just
how pervasive those sexist norms were in both private and public
life, and how they were addressed by Ginsburg as a law professor,
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