How Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg changed the game at SCOTUS.

The Unlikely Friendship Between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Unlikely Friendship Between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
Sept. 12 2015 10:02 AM

Amicus: Sandra and Ruth

The author of a new book about the first two female justices describes what it took for them to get to the high court.


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Listen to Episode 25 of Slate’s Amicus:


On this episode of the podcast, Dahlia sits down with Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. Hirshman explains how the Arizona Republican and the former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer from Brooklyn connected at the high court and reflects on the impact that the two path-breaking women have had.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.