Thrive Momma Must Read #1

Here we are!  The first ever Thrive Momma book review – must read books for working women.  I hope to make these book reviews a regular occurrence on the blog and a source for must read books relevant to working women.  Post finishing a book, I CONSTANTLY find myself scouring various lists to find an interesting read.  My hope is that my love of reading can help steer my fellow working mothers to must read books I’ve found to be inspiring, informative or just fun.  After all, who has time to waste on a bad read?  

“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”  – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG:  The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By:  Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhink

Not to give it all away in the first sentence but, I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I laughed.  I cried.  I learned.  I felt inspired – all in under 300 pages.  If you know nothing about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hereunto referred to as RBG, here is the short summary:   Second ever female Supreme Court justice, massive advocate for women’s rights and HUGE HUGE badass.

I often find biographies a bit dry and rarely do they catch my attention.  The title of this biography, a nod to the late great Notorious BIG, caught my attention with the hopes that a sense of humor might seep into the tone and style.  I was not disappointed on this front.  Even when discussing legal complexities, the authors kept the tone light and fun.  Each chapter is inspired by a Notorious BIG lyric.

This book is really an unprecedented look into RBG’s life both as a Justice and prior to becoming a Justice.  It details the blatant sexism that she faced (completely unabashed and legal at the time btw) and how she did not let this hold her back for one. single. second.  Talk about inspiration – it is up, down and all around RBG’s life.

My FAVORITE part of the story of RBG was the romance, yes, this is part romance novel (see, something for everyone).   Her (nearly 50 year) marriage to Marty Ginsburg was a before-its-time sort of marriage – full of compromise and equality both in the house and outside of the house.  If you read nothing but the chapter that focuses on their relationship, you will come out with relevant insights to your own relationship.

I will leave you with a quote from Ms. Ginsburg that sums this point up:

“In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other. So, for example, when Marty was intent on becoming a partner in a New York law firm in five years, during that time, I was the major caretaker of our home and child. But when I started up the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Marty realized how important that work was.”

In short, I LOVED THIS BOOK.  Highly, highly recommend.

5 out of 5 on the Thrive Momma Must Read scale!

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