Who is the “Notorious RBG”??? While cataloging books for the Law Library’s collection, I noticed several books on Ruth Bader Ginsburg coming through. Most were serious but one caught my eye as being a humorous homage and I wondered why this fascination with RBG? I started looking and found a profusion of books, websites, and merchandise on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here is a quick look at some of what I found.
The book that I noticed, Notorious RBG the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon, and Shana Knizhnik. Carmon, a reporter with MSNBC and Knizhnik, a lawyer and blogger have created a homage to feminist hero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It provides a look her life and work as well as providing a glimpse of her personality.
Other recent biographies, include; In My Own Worlds, a collection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s speeches and writings. This book provides a serious look at how she sees the world through her own words. Writings include items from when she was 8 years old and throughout her life.
Another recent book, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, edited by Scott Dodson, offers a diverse perspective on Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her influence on the world by prominent court watchers and leading scholars.
Some of the more humorous surprises I found about Ruth Bader Ginsburg online were the blogs, coloring books, and merchandise featuring her.
There are at least two coloring books, one by Tom O’Leary, The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book, which is for sale online and at various bookstores.
A free Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book can be found at the She-Knows blog. These coloring pages can be printed and colored by RBG fans.
Shana Knizhnik created a Tumblr tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Notorious R.B.G.” which allows people to post their tributes to RBG including pictures of people dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wearing RBG merchandise, as well as books and comments about her.
Greenbag has produced a bobblehead figure of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is very difficult to find if not impossible. The bobblehead is given away by Greenbag to their subscribers. According to Greenbag, “If you want to buy one, your best bets are those charity auctions and eBay.”
Surprisingly enough, I also found an article online from ABC News, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Birthday: 10 Gifts to Get the ‘Notorious’ Supreme Court Justice. The article lists ten items that Justice Ginsburg might want for her birthday. The list contained items like opera tickets, jabots, and the Lego set of the Women Supreme Court Justices (if only it existed)!
I have really enjoyed looking at and reading about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the process I have learned that RBG is an impressive woman who is passionate about her beliefs, works hard and plays hard, and is a true feminist icon!!!