“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”
I completed the trio last night, having started first with the book “Notorious RBG – The life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” in December 2018. There is much to admire about this brilliant woman who attended Harvard Law school in the 1950s. Enduring a cancer diagnosis for her husband during their years at Harvard, working twice as hard to keep up with his school work and hers, while mothering a toddler, she ultimately earned her law degree from Columbia only to find that no law firm in New York would hire a woman lawyer.
The book provides details about her early life, the strong influence of her mother who dies when Ruth is seventeen and the support of husband, Marty and his parents, and their family life as a power couple among Washington’s elite.
The movie dramatizes the life of a young Ruth and focuses on the most important case that she wins, not just for herself but for all women who encountered discrimination, by using a shrewd strategy of using the case of a man who is discriminated against on the basis on gender to draw attention to the fact that drawing a ‘gender line’ hurts society as a whole, not just women.
The documentary has live interviews with Ginsburg and her family, photos and grainy videos of her early life but in every shot, one thing shines clearly, the power of this petite lady who, at age 86, continues to dazzle with her devotion to her work and her beliefs.
If you have time for just one, read the book, but if you want see how RBG’s life unfolds, watch the movie and the documentary. You will be inspired.