Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

10/1/1998 - 9/30/1999

Funding Totals

$30,000.00 (approved)
$30,000.00 (awarded)

Defining America: Personal Politics and the Politics of National Identity

FAIN: FA-34869-98

Jane S. De Hart
University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)

No project description available

Associated Products

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life (Book)
Title: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
Author: Jane Sherron De Hart
Abstract: In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs—her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer. From Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law Schools (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school’s first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women’s rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men. A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.
Year: 2018
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Primary URL Description: WorldCat
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781400040483
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes