No matter how busy you are being a boss babe today (or supporting boss babes, if you’re a guy), you can make time for this. We’ve just been delivered the first look at a documentary about one of America’s biggest, baddest icons. That’s right, it’s the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Best International Women’s Day gift ever!
“I ask no favor for my sex,” the Supreme Court Justice quips at the start of the preview. “All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” Chills!
At 84 (85 on March 15), the two-time cancer survivor is the oldest Supreme Court Justice serving. But what makes Ginsburg a real-life superhero (as Gloria Steinem calls her in the trailer) is the fact that she has dedicated her life to ending gender discrimination. And from the preview alone, it is clear that we’re going to see a lot more much-needed empowerment, inspiration and wisdom.
“RBG,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, takes us back to when Ginsburg first became a lawyer in the late ’50s, a time when “thousands of state and federal laws discriminated on the basis of gender.”
“I became a lawyer when women were not wanted by the legal profession,” Ginsburg says.
Inspired by the advancements made by the civil rights movement, Ginsburg became a warrior for gender equality in the workplace. To do so, she took on an additional role on top of her work as a lawyer. “I did see myself as sort of a kindergarten teacher in those days, because the judges didn’t think sex discrimination existed.”
If you’re already getting some “fight the power” type of feels, get ready to have your heartstrings pulled in another direction. The film also highlights Ginsburg’s relationship and 56-year marriage with her late husband, Martin, who died in 2010.
“He was the first boy I ever dated who cared that I had a brain,” she says. (We’re not crying, you are!)
And it is no coincidence that the trailer is bookended by shots of Ginsburg planking and lifting weights. RBG, the woman, is known among her colleagues for being a complete badass in the gym. In fact, the octogenarian often does 20 unmodified push-ups at a time.
“RBG” can’t come out soon enough (it hits theaters on May 4). In the meantime, take this International Women’s Day to appreciate the female trailblazers who have made this world a better place for everyone. And think about what you’re doing to promote equality. Let’s make RBG proud.
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