A review of the 2018 film “RBG”

The death of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who served for 27 years as its most radical member, was a tragedy for the whole of liberal America. Aged 87 and having twice survived cancer, she succumbed to a third bout of cancer just weeks before the election of the President who constitutionally has the sole power and responsibility to nominate a successor.

Two days after her death, I viewed this excellent documentary which was actually released two years earlier. This diminutive (she was only 5′ 1″) and notorious (she was likened to the rapper The Notorious B.I.G.) lawyer was a feminist icon and it is fitting that this wonderful tribute was made by two women: Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

They have skilfully knitted together interviews with the lady herself, her devoted husband Marty, her children, the president who appointed her (Bill Clinton), fellow activists such as Gloria Steinem, many colleagues and even some opponents to tell her story, focussing especially on her lifelong battle for female equality and a series of vital Supreme Court cases in which she participated. 

Hollywood movies often come in pairs and the same year that “RBG” appeared so did a feature film representing her life entitled “On The Basis Of Sex”. I now want to see this.

Link: Wikipedia page on Ruth Bader Ginsberg click here


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