• Lady Justice

  • Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America
  • By: Dahlia Lithwick
  • Narrated by: Dahlia Lithwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Dahlia Lithwick, one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators, tells the gripping and heroic story of the women lawyers who fought the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of Donald Trump’s presidency—and won

After the sudden shock of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, many Americans felt lost and uncertain. It was clear he and his administration were going to pursue a series of retrograde, devastating policies. What could be done? 

Immediately, women lawyers all around the country, independently of each other, sprang into action, and they had a common goal: they weren’t going to stand by in the face of injustice, while Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican party did everything in their power to remake the judiciary in their own conservative image. Over the next four years, the women worked tirelessly to hold the line against the most chaotic and malign presidency in living memory. There was Sally Yates, the acting attorney general of the United States, who refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban. And Becca Heller, the founder of a refugee assistance program who brought the fight over the travel ban to the airports. And Roberta Kaplan, the famed commercial litigator, who sued the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. And, of course, Stacey Abrams, whose efforts to protect the voting rights of millions of Georgians may well have been what won the Senate for the Democrats in 2020.

These are just a handful of the stories Lithwick dramatizes in thrilling detail to tell a brand-new and deeply inspiring account of the Trump years. With unparalleled access to her subjects, she has written a luminous book, not about the villains of the Trump years, but about the heroes. And as the country confronts the news that the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-appointed justices, will soon overturn Roe v. Wade, Lithwick shines a light on not only the major consequences of such a decision, but issues a clarion call to all who might, like the women in this book, feel the urgency to join the fight. A celebration of the tireless efforts, legal ingenuity, and indefatigable spirit of the women whose work all too often went unrecognized at the time, Lady Justice is destined to be treasured and passed from hand to hand for generations to come, not just among lawyers and law students, but among all optimistic and hopeful Americans. 

©2022 Dahlia Lithwick (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Beautiful

What a wonderful book thoughtfully documents woman’s constant, relentless fight for equality against the force of patriarchy. Thank you to the great mother warriors!

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Outstanding

Lithwick has managed to make me incredibly mad at many politicians, but also amazingly proud of and confident in women who take up the law. I couldn’t stop listening.

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A good book to Wake Up with

Every woman who is stressed and depressed by the direction in which the GOP and their life-stomping, partisan Supreme Court majority is herding us, should read or listen to this book. It tells what women have done, what they are doing, what they can do to defend women’s rights against those who don’t believe women should have rights at all. Beautifully written, thought provoking, and edifying, when I finish with this review I intend to listen to it again from the beginning. I don’t want to miss a single sentence of a single story about the women who not only stand against the injustice of the inequality that women, people of color, native Americans, the poor, the disabled, and the LGBTQ community live under, but who actively—and often with resounding success—battle to make those lives more equal and certainly better than the kind of stunted existence that the narrow-minded GOP and their multitude of draconian-minded men want to force on them. Thank you, Dahlia Lithwick!

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Pay Attention America

This heartfelt work is the template for the “battle to save America. It should be required reading for every person in the country. In summary, register, vote! Get involved. Stay involved.

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So good

Please listen to Dahlia.
A million stars to this book!
So many great stories about great women doing great things!
Inspiring!

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A necessary and powerful read.

Dahlia Lithwick brings a world most of us see through layers of obfuscation into clear focus and from the view of a person truly experienced, passionate, and appropriate for the moment. Recommend this to everyone in your life.

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Strong Powerful Super "SHeroes"

Ms. Dahlia, VERY Well done. I am grateful to you for elevating women in the trenches is such a passionate, powerful way. The women you showcased already have a celebrity status in most cases, but, you went behind the scenes to show the dogged work, tireless efforts, unseen challenges and obstacles they all faced to seek justice. Your portrait of the life-saving, life-changing women is worth the spot light and opportunity to inspire the next generation. This book should be mandatory reading for all High School Senior Girls. Young women are often bombarded with the Kardashians, Beyonce and other amazing celebrities that have their truth to tell; but they are wrapped in so much glamor it looks almost easy. As far as the audible narration, it was difficult at times to follow so I was happy to have my eBook available to slow down and read many parts over and over.

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A must read!

Such a fascinating and informative review of the law and the women who have been leaders in it! Told in a relatable and approachable way. I could not put it down!

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Stellar

Engaging, always intelligent, even eye-opening. The author’s narration of her own work enhances the experience. Loved it!

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Brilliant

Brilliant but very sad. Keep up the activism. Very eye-opening. Should be required reading!

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Brilliant!

It is no surprise to me that Dahlia Lithwick has written such a brilliant book on women and the law in the US.
This is a fascinating insight into women who have worked for equal justice and civil rights in the USA for many years. The bravery and tenacity of these women is inspiring and uplifting. Thank you Dahlia for a wonderful read/listen!