In honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am reviewing a middle-grade novel devoted to her life, Becoming RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became…RBG (Simon & Schuster).
This book is written as a graphic novel and is very easy to read. I found myself speeding through it, and inhaling all of the information. It starts with RBG's birth and documents injustices that she noticed while growing up. She was influenced by her mom Celia, who wanted Ruth to go to college and become independent. When she decided to go to law school, there were very few women lawyers and she had to prove herself. The story continues on as she becomes a Supreme Court Justice, and then spotlights several laws that she was influential in passing.
All the basics of this book are spot-on, but I was sad to see prejudice on behalf of the author. Most of the pictures of men in the book have quote bubbles that make them look stupid, outside of her husband. For example, in school, all the girls listen enraptured to Ruth while the boy looks bored and his thought bubble says, "Too brainy for me!" (42). Also, the author lets her own philosophy spill over as she describes events that took place during RBG's life. I'd point the bias out to my child before they read so that they can have a clear viewpoint. Overall, if you take out the author's bias, all the information about RBG is engaging and really worth the read. Young girls will find a hero who fought against the injustices of race and sex. Her life was amazing, inspirational, and worth reading about. 4 stars!
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