7:30 PM, 19th September, 2018
Followed by a panel discussion about women in law with Dr. Heather Roberts, Professor Margaret Thornton and Prue Bindon. Presented in partnership with the ANU Legal Reform and Social Justice Centre.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was never going to quietly tread the well-worn path, or bow to the status quo. One of only eight women among the 500 entering Harvard Law School in 1957, by the 1970s she’d become the first female tenured professor at Columbia University. The 1970s also saw her argue six decisive gender equality cases before the US Supreme Court, and in 1993 she was appointed a Supreme Court Justice – a position that she still holds today at the age of 84.
She’s not only gained both notoriety and popularity in the US for her dissenting voice, but is now a worldwide icon of social justice and a pop culture phenomenon, spawning a mind-boggling array of merchandise. In the midst of the hype, the documentary RBG presents an intimate portrait of this truly remarkable individual. Directors Cohen and West followed Ginsburg to speeches and meetings during 2016, and interviewed her the following year. Combined with archival footage and interviews with Ginsburg’s contemporaries, the result is as accessible and entertaining as it is informative.
And if this inspiring documentary leaves you wanting more, you can get the T-shirt, bobble-head doll, colouring book, tattoo…