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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 171

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for gender equality. The importance of gender equality in life and law is, arguably, the overriding theme of her book My Own Words, as her passion for equality colors her life actions, as well as her writings and speeches. Ginsburg’s work is not a narrative, and it is not an autobiography in the traditional sense but rather a collection of writings that show who she is and what she believes in. The writings selected in the book reveal her beliefs and feelings about being a woman, about being Jewish, and about her commitment to being both a model of equality and one of the nation’s leading advocates for it. Ginsburg’s writings hail the power of diversity, and they praise the efforts of others whose strength and determination to fight for their beliefs helped ensure justice and equality for women—and for minorities—not only in political life but in all areas of endeavor.

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