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Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shows Legal & Social Barriers She Faced in Her Life & Career

Gaone Pule
Jan 12, 2021
08:50 P.M.
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A biopic on the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg illustrates the legal and social barriers that she faced. Ginsburg encountered a lot in her life and career for only wanting to get her foot on the door.


A documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows the legal and social barriers that she faced in her life and career. The 2-minute trailer starts with a young boy asking Ginsburg if she finds it hard to be a Supreme Court Justice as a woman.

“I did very well in law school, it was not possible to do much better. There was not a single law firm in the whole city of New York that would invite me to come even for an interview,” she said.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Photo: Getty Images


Ginsburg further explained that she suspected that the door was closed because of her gender. In that case, the barriers were there without a shadow of a doubt.

She added that in those days, she had three disadvantages against her; the first was that she was Jewish, the second being that she was female, and last but not least, was that she was a mother to a 4-year-old daughter.


As the footage plays out, one of the individuals from the several interviews about her life revealed that Ginsburg spent ten years blasting the door open. “I strongly descend from today’s opinion,” said a young Ginsburg.

A second added that without Ginsburg’s kind of skillset, and everything that life threw at her, she might not have made it to the Supreme Court. A third shared that she does not know where she would be at this present time if it were not for Justice Ginsburg and her opinion.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution attends "A Historic Evening with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg" at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center on September 21, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


The documentary is portrayed in Ginsburg’s own words. The story of her life comes four months after her death, and it follows her rise to the highest court in the United States, showing how she overcame social and legal hindrances throughout her life.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Frieda Lee Mock directs the documented film. It features intimate interviews with rare footage of the icon. The biography depicts the former associate’s struggle to find a job after graduating from law school despite her exceptional academic record.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the 2020 DVF Awards on February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images


It also shows how she soldiered on regardless of the hostility she came across from her male counterparts in government and law.

Ginsburg endured the difficulties and became an esteemed Justice who strongly advocated for gender equality during her tenure. Giving her strong-willed opinion and speaking her mind, she said:

“If women are to be leaders in life, and in the military, then men have got to become accustomed to taking commands from women."

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center July 2, 2019 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images


Ginsburg died of cancer at the age of 87. According to BBC, she was a zealous, intelligent, and outspoken advocate of women's rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

The jurist will remain an inspiration and will be remembered as someone who fought for what she truly believed in. In one of her famous quotes on wanting to be a lawyer, she said, “I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.”


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