Irin Carmon has been described by the New York Times as being "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides.” Carmon is the co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Dey Street Books), which spent three months on the Times bestseller list, is now in its twelfth printing. "That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to Ms. Carmon's storytelling and panache," the paper's staff book critic, Jennifer Senior, wrote of Notorious RBG.
Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg's family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.
From 2013-2016 Carmon was a national reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on gender, politics, and the law, with a special emphasis on reproductive rights and the Supreme Court. She is also a distinguished fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and has been a visiting fellow in the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School. Carmon’s work covering women's rights has been honored by numerous organizations. In 2011, she was one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Media, which described her as a "confident and passionate polemicist." Carmon is a contributing writer to the Washington Post's Outlook section.
Carmon graduated from Harvard, magna cum laude with highest honors in literature, in 2005, and from the Waldorf School of Garden City in 2001. Born in Israel, she is fluent in Hebrew and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
Praise for Irin Carmon:
"Irin combined history -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life story -- with relevance. Attendees described the event as educational, fun, valuable and unexpected. That telling mix of adjectives is a testimony to Irin's trademark style of delivering her expertise in a relatable way."
--Univision Women's Leadership Council event
"Irin Carmon was the featured speaker at a State-wide event in October 2016 that was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association , Women in the Profession Section. Irin was excellent, and exceptionally well-received. Her presentation was engaging, informative and relatable to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Irin captured the attention of the room during every moment of the event. We have only the highest compliments and praise for Irin, and hope that she will consider attending another event for us in the future!"
-- Jaimee Katz Sussner, Co-Director of Programming, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
Praise for Notorious RBG:
“Carmon and Knizhnik write powerfully about the progression of Ginsburg’s legal career. In particular, they make vivid the development of her trademark arguments ... In her fierce honesty, resolute realness, and, yes, innate sense of style (those collars!), Ginsburg emerges as a cultural icon worthy of her own fanbase.”
--Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe
“What a wonderful book: The annotated dissents! The knockout photos! Why she likes to write through the night! The litany of big cases she won as a lawyer, and how she picked them! How she made Bill Clinton cry! Notorious RBG is a laugh-out-loud joy to read.”
“A deeply original mashup of pop culture and serious scholarship. I plan to give a copy to both of my daughters.”
--Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Devil in the Grove
“This breezy, fun and thoughtful take on the life of the Justice explains exactly why a new generation created and embraced the Cult of Ginsburg.”
-- Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine
“This rigorously reported book shines a new light on the groundbreaking cases Ginsburg litigated challenging gender stereotypes.”
--Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU
“If you admired RBG before, Carmon and Knizhnik will make you fall in love with her, not only as a feminist hero but a human being.”
“Clark Kent had Superman. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has Notorious R.B.G…. Carmon and Knizhnik have turned R.B.G’s robe into a cape.”
--New York Times Book Review