RBG is a documentary directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, focusing on the life and career of Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spans several decades, and how she developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. The film is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Jimmy Carter, and eventual appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. The film also chronicles Ginsburg’s status as a pop culture icon, starting with the publication of Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, written by Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor.
Ruth Bader was born in Brooklyn on March 15, 1933 to a first-generation, American Jewish family. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, where she met her husband, Martin Ginsburg. (They remained married until his death in 2010). Ruth enrolled in Harvard Law School before transferring to Columbia University while her husband started a successful career as a New York City tax attorney. After graduating Columbia, Ruth became a law professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School. Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully argued five of six cases regarding gender discrimination before the U.S. Supreme Court. She advocated for both men and women facing sex-based bias: among the plaintiffs she represented was a woman facing housing discrimination in the U.S. Air Force and a male single parent denied Social Security benefits normally paid only to single mothers. Ginsburg argued these cases in the 1960s and ’70s, when gender discrimination was rampant in U.S. society and an all-male Supreme Court was generally skeptical of claims of bias against women.
RBG is a well made, significant documentary that goes on to tell Ruth’s entire history up until the present. At 85, she still holds down her position on the seat of the Supreme Count despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. She underwent surgery that was followed by Radiation and chemotherapy therapy. During the process, she never missed a day on the bench. She is a remarkable person and deserves to be celebrated. RBG can be seen on DVD and Blu-Ray. Check It Out!
[RBG is Oscar nominated for Best Original Song and Best Documentary Feature]