This past Friday, one of our world’s greatest heroes, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away. It’s devastating, but I take a very small bit of comfort in the fact that we are lucky enough to have her legacy captured in film.
A few months earlier, a documentary called RBG was released to a limited number of theaters. It covers most of Ruth’s life and includes fantastic footage and insight into the pieces of her personality that led to her many successes. Being a documentary, it’s less dramatic than On the Basis of Sex, but just as inspiring and thrilling because it gives a first hand account of Ruth’s life, from all angles. Through interviews, it shows the perspective of her kids, her grandkids, her friends, her colleagues, and many other people who hovered around her, watching in awe as she spent decades fighting for equality. And then you have the moments where Ruth is sitting in a chair, small in stature, but large in presence, humbly explaining her life’s work and basking in the joy of old footage that the documentarians dug up. Even those who have total disdain for documentaries will be moved by RBG.
I encourage everyone to watch at least one of these movies this week. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg improved the lives of every person in her generation and every generation afterwards. There are not many people who have such an incredible impact, and her story deserves to be told.
Once you watch them, you’ll realize that Ruth worked day and night to fight for the rights of every American. Her husband often had to remind her to step away from her desk, come home, and eat a meal. Even during her final hours, she put others before herself, requesting that her granddaughter relay a message to withhold the vote for her replacement until the next President is sworn into office. We can honor her memory, her fight, and her strength by making our own voices heard. So please, vote.