Ruth Bader Ginsburg is set to become immortalized in a new documentary.
If there’s one justice of the supreme court that everyone in the country can name, it’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Notorious RBG has made a name for herself as a feminist icon, first as a lawyer for the ACLU, and later as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
And now she’s getting her own documentary.
Titled simply RBG, the trailer came out just in time for International Women’s Day--appropriate, given how much RBG has done for women’s rights in America.
Throughout the 1970s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg took case after case all the way to the Supreme Court arguing for equal rights for women. She was certainly a skilled litigator in an era where women were expected to be housewives rather than lawyers, but her true genius lay in the strategic advancement of her cause.
Ruth never went to the Supreme Court with the intention of suddenly changing how the law saw women overnight. Rather, she carefully picked her battles, taking down low-hanging statutes and with each victory giving herself greater legal muscle to take to the next battle.
Perhaps her finest decision wasn’t striking down a law that discriminated in men’s favor at all - it was a law that discriminated in favor of women. In 1976, RBG was brought in for a case dealing with an Oklahoman law that allowed women to buy alcohol at age 18, three years earlier than men. Rather than argue in favor, RBG argued against the law on the basis it was discriminatory against men, an idea that would be far more palatable to an all-male Supreme Court.
“I did see myself as kind of a kindergarten teacher in those days because the judges didn’t think sex discrimination existed,” explains Ginsburg in the trailer. The Oklahoman law was struck down by a court suddenly aware that sex discrimination did indeed exist.
RBG comes out May 4th, just in time for Star Wars day. Yet another day of women equality. Check out the trailer, and then mark your calendar.
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