“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” said the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the documentary RBG. I have never seen any of the movies based on Ginsburg, but after her passing, I decided it was time to watch the many documentaries based on her life. I absolutely loved the film RBG, and it made me feel all kinds of emotions. I felt anger, sadness, and absolute happiness.
The film started out with a cool montage of Washington D.C., but what got my attention was the voices of various men involved in radio and politics. Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Donald Trump, and Rick Wiles were some of the men that had their vile, past comments about Ginsburg playing over the montage. My favorite moment in the whole movie was the montage of her working out in a bright blue sweatshirt that said Super Diva, with “The Bullpen” by Dessa playing in the background.
One of the main highlights in the movie is Ruth’s relationship with her late husband, Marty. Marty was truly ahead of his time. He rallied for his wife and her professional career in the 1950s when it was expected of women to only take care of the house. He campaigned for her and made sure she was at the top of President Clinton’s list for the Supreme Court nominee back in the early 1990s.
The documentary also highlighted some of Ginsburg’s famous cases that mainly dealt with gender inequality. I knew Ginsburg was a trailblazer for equal rights for women, but I did not know how many cases she represented before the Supreme Court. The case that stuck with me from the documentary is the case of Frontiero v. Richardson. Sharron Frontiero was not receiving the same benefits as her male counterparts because of her gender. “You’re lucky we let you in here at all. You’re lucky that the Air Force allows you to serve,” is what was said to Frontiero before she decided to take legal action.
Ginsburg fought quietly alongside many other women to achieve the equality and rights that women have today. The notorious RBG is a true role model for women, and she has left a hole in America’s heart. No one will ever truly be able to replace her.