Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away yesterday at the age of 87. A lot has been said and will be said not just about her legacy, but about what she meant to people. A lot of fights will be fought on her name, to preserve not just democracy, but the things she stood for.
Which is why it’s a good time to educate ourselves on what exactly she stood for. If you don’t know where to start with that, we have two recommendations for you: a movie and a documentary.
They don’t say it all, because nothing can. But hopefully they can remind you of what she fought for, what we need to continue to fight for her in her stead.
On the Basis of Sex
On the Basis of Sex is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career.
When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the storybook-like romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally.
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career.
May your memory be a revolution, Justice Ginsburg.