Documentary and Discussion: RBG
“There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The NCCWSL conference will kick off Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Hoff Theater with a showing of RBG, an Academy-Award-nominated documentary that follows the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her rise to the nation’s highest court, Justice Ginsburg faced rampant sexism. Despite graduating with honors from Columbia Law School and securing prestigious recommendations, Ginsburg had trouble finding employment once she graduated. Throughout her storied five-decade career, she faced unfair pay, unconscious bias and outright discrimination on the basis of her sex—experiences that helped her represent clients who confronted the same obstacles. Yet Ginsburg has not once backed down in her fight to put men and women equal under the law.
Following the film, we will sit down with Supreme Court experts and legal professionals to discuss Justice Ginsburg’s impact on federal law as well as the importance of diversity on the Supreme Court, the role political partisanship plays on court decisions, and which cases we are likely to see brought before the court over the next year.