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'Ruth Bader Ginsburg' Reminds Us Why The Justice Is A True Legal Icon

Jane Sherron De Hart's biography sheds light on personal and professional challenges Ginsburg faced on the way to the top and puts the Supreme Court justice's life in context.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Source: Robin Marchant

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, the subject of two movies in 2018 alone — and an opera and a workout book, among other things.

She is the Notorious R.B.G., emblazoned on T-shirts, made into memes, and parodied on Saturday Night Live. There's even an action figure of her.

Jane Sherron De Hart reminds us in her new scholarly biography, Ruth Bader,just what got the ball rolling on all of this: Ginsburg is a true-blue legal icon.

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