Dahlia Lithwick considers 2016 a sort of high-water mark for women and the legal system in America. That was the year the Supreme Court, in a Texas case, struck down an attempt to place restrictions on the delivery of abortion services. Then Donald Trump got elected, and the progress that women had made began to unravel—a trend underscored last June by the Court’s decision to undo Roe v. Wade. What Lithwick describes in Lady Justice is a series of efforts by women lawyers that constitute a kind of resistance movement. Examples include: Sally Yates, who as acting attorney general at the Justice Department refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban; Roberta Kaplan, a prominent commercial litigator who sued the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; and Stacey Abrams, who secured the voting rights of many people in Georgia. Combining narrative profiles with analysis, Lithwick highlights the heroic work of these and other women to save American democracy.
Lady Justice, by Dahlia Lithwick