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Ceiling Breakers and History Makers: The Legacy of Jewish Women and Justice

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm

In celebration and honor of Women’s History month and International Women’s Day, and inspired by the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, join authors Debbie Levy, Elaine Weiss, and Marlene Trestman for a virtual conversation about women who made their passion, profession, and purpose to seek justice and repair the world.

Presented by the 3rd Annual Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature, showcasing our community’s love of reading, writing, and the written word. Hosted by organizations across the Baltimore area, the festival features a variety of virtual events including panels, readings, and author discussions, and covers a wide range of topics, literary genres, and interests. Books provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop. Ticketing Information

About the Authors and Books:

Debbie Levy is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty-five books for young people. Her most recent releases include the graphic novel-style biography, Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice; This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality; and We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song. Debbie lives in Maryland with her husband. They have two grown sons. Learn more at

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize "Editor's Choice" award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Learn more at

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Over the course of one boiling-hot summer, Nashville becomes a bitter battleground in the fight for women's suffrage, and the brave activists face dirty tricks, blackmail, and betrayal as they fight for what they believe in. Hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" by The New Yorker, with powerful parallels to today's political environment, this critically acclaimed book is currently being adapted for television, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

Marlene Trestman is former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general and former law instructor at Loyola University of Maryland's Sellinger School of Business & Management. A New Orleans native, Trestman had a personal relationship with Bessie Margolin that grew from common childhood experiences. Learn more at

Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin
From her early beginnings in the Jewish Orphan's Home in New Orleans, through a life that spanned the twentieth century, this comprehensive biography reveals the forces that shaped Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin's remarkable journey, illuminating the life of this trailblazing woman who formed modern American labor policy while creating a place for female lawyers in the nation's highest courts.


  • The Zoom webinar and Q&A program is FREE with advance registration, but the purchase of the books is encouraged. Your book purchase not only supports our organizations and local independent booksellers, but it also ensures that we can continue to bring you these engaging events.

  • Please note: you will receive a one time non-shareable link to the Zoom conversation and details shipping after you purchase your ticket. Books are provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop and will be available and shipped after the event; please allow 7-10 business days for delivery due to Covid-related USPS delays!

  • Ticket sales close eight hours before the event begins. Programs will be recorded and made available to ticket holders upon request to for 7 days after the program has aired.