You can’t think of the Supreme Court without thinking of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 85-year old Supreme Court Justice who has come to be known as a feminist icon through her work as a litigator fighting for the equal treatment of women. In RBG, directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West examine Ginsburg’s life and career through interviews with the likes of Gloria Steinham, Bill Clinton, her family members, and past law clients.
Much of RBG covers Ginsburg’s work with the ACLU on gender discrimination cases, but the film also gives us a glimpse into her personal life and let us see who she is as a person. We see her workouts with her personal trainer (covered in the book The RBG Workout), learn about her challenges as one of the first female students in Harvard Law School, and in one particularly funny moment, watch her reaction to Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of her on Saturday Night Live. Where RBG really shines is the story of Ruth’s late husband, Marty, who supported her throughout her career, even acting as a caretaker and making sure she ate, slept, and occasionally stepped away from her work.
RBG is a look in to how a girl from Brooklyn became a pioneer in the law field and came to be known as “the Notorious RBG.” It’s a tribute to her passion, her voice, and her place in history.