Thursday, June 28, 2018

See this movie! RBG

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court is as disconcerting to many of us as is the current Presidency. That the man now in office will have the power to name a Supreme Court justice is alarming.

That news broke the week after I had seen the new film about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG.

"All I ask of our brethren, is that they take their feet off of our necks"

Filmmaker Betsy West discusses her attraction to Justice Ginsburg's career. "In the 1970s, as a young lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued cases before the supreme court that changed women's lies for ever."

The charm and the 'adorable' quotient ' of a tiny elderly lady is a small part of the take away. These alone would be patronizing and miss the point. Justice Ginsburg, it seems to me, is a jurist who cannot abide a lack of fairness. Not favor, fairness. What is available to men should be available to women. Careers, advancement, position, if you can work for it you should be able to attain success.

She may be the first woman to articulate this so clearly-and simply-since Joan of Arc.

I'll say no more. Go see the film.

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