And he basically—although he was an incredibly successful tax attorney in his own right, he really devoted a lot of his life both to the family—he was the primary cook, and he certainly shared child care responsibilities with her—and then he devoted a fair amount of his time and energy to pushing her career forth. I just went on speaking. Boys will be boys.”. And you’ve been nominated by our president, who happens to be a Democrat. The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. AMY GOODMAN: And she’s got the doily collars. They met at Cornell, where they were both students. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. Was this review helpful to you? JULIE COHEN: And, you know, when Supreme Court justices come out to read opinions, it’s not publicly known yet what the decision is going to be. And it’s absolutely true. AMY GOODMAN: And talking about relationships that might surprise some, her relationship, Julie Cohen, with Justice Scalia and the significance of this, the history of this, before Scalia died? Basically, she took on a number of cases. Biden Reverses Trump’s Trans Military Ban, But Assault on Rights Continues at State Level. BETSY WEST: The dissent, yes. BRENDA FEIGEN: The justices were just glued to her. William Barber Says Biden Admin Must Not Sacrifice Racial & Economic Justice for False Unity. We feature excerpts from the new film and speak with its directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West. A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election. JULIE COHEN: Sure. JULIE COHEN: Well, I mean, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a very important piece of legislation. And so, he was really taken by her. They’ve known each other for 40 years. She was interviewed by NPR’s Nina Totenberg, and she talks about this seminal, foundational work of Catharine MacKinnon and how it changed her view also of women’s rights and what the whole issue of gender harassment is all about. Yes, she seems very determined to continue doing the job that she loves. JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: —the 14th Amendment. AMY GOODMAN: So, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act later passed in response to the Supreme Court. And we just felt like, “You know, someone ought to do a full-dress, serious documentary covering this extraordinary woman’s life. I don't think anyone would call RBG a poor documentary - aside from glorifying its protagonist (and hell, she just might deserve it anyways), its exposition is clean and is about an important subject. Indigenous Leaders Demand the Same for the Dakota Access Pipeline, “The Work Continues”: Cornel West & Maria Hinojosa on the Promise & Dangers of the Biden Admin. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. The Supreme Court decision that ended the recount in Florida and led to George W. Bush becoming president of the United States. Cuomo didn’t want to do it. This FAQ is empty. AMY GOODMAN: And for those who aren’t familiar with Bush v. Gore, though they may have been familiar—become familiar with the results? Betsy West? Betsy West, the significance of what Justice Ginsburg said, saying that Catharine MacKinnon was so seminal? One of the most amazing scenes for us was filming her in her gym with her trainer, where she works out twice a week. Dissenter. And the next was how this anti-discrimination law, Title VII, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion and sex—how that could be used as a tool to stop sexual harassment. AMY GOODMAN: So, that’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I would've liked to see more of the opposition she faced and the real intricacies of her fight - it seemed more like she worked really hard and change just happened naturally as she focused on it. I know. These 2021 Sundance Film Festival headliners became household names thanks to some unforgettable roles early in their careers. Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! AMY GOODMAN: During Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1993 Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah questioned her stance on abortion. The attitude to sexual harassment was simply “Get past it. One of the most talked-about documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks at the groundbreaking life of the nearly 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And yet she has a kind of commanding presence. Well, I’ll give you just one example. This is viewer supported news. That said, I will be quite disappointed if it wins best documentary at the Oscars. This is a rush transcript. Totenberg asked Ginsburg if she had ever been sexually harassed herself. Hollywood types would read the script, and instantly suggest he change Ruth's picture-perfect relationship with her ever-supportive husband, Martin \"Marty\" Ginsburg. AMY GOODMAN: —or when she’s expressing the dissent. The film, which was directed, written, edited, shot, and produced by women, follows Ginsburg's journey from her girlhood in Brooklyn to … They fell madly in love. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2018 ahead of its release, West and Cohen confirmed "RBG" was the first documentary that focused solely on Ginsburg. It is clear who RBG is throughout, and we don't really get anything deeper in her character than a quiet, intense person 100% committed to their task as judge, and very committed to ending sex-based discrimination. It was a revelation. When screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman was working on On the Basis of Sex, a recent biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he found himself doing a lot of explaining. Julie is a longtime filmmaker who’s made eight documentaries and was the creator of Court TV’s Supreme Court Watch. I mean, you interviewed him for the film. Marty Ginsburg—Ruth Bader Ginsburg said he was the first guy who even seemed to notice that she had a brain. 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Another AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank Julie Cohen and Betsy West, directors and producers of the documentary RBG, which just had its world premiere here at the Sundance Film Festival. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Our Daily Digest brings Democracy Now! "RGB" is a meditative film that invites the viewer to explore sound and color. You. And as Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, it was a revelation: “Hey, this is wrong, and it's actually unconstitutional.” That’s something that I think a lot of people don’t understand. And as she says, “Look, I’d rather be in the majority. Pay disparities often occur, as they did in Ledbetter’s case, in small increments. Biden Is Reversing Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Acts. to your inbox each morning. And she still wants consensus. AMY GOODMAN: And what most strikes you about her? Copy may not be in its final form. They both had a lot of other intellectual interests, in theater, in literature. Video Transcript. The significance, Julie? However, when push comes to shove and she feels that the Constitution is not being followed, she’s not afraid to issue a very scathing dissent. And why not have it be us?”. AMY GOODMAN: So, Betsy West, you’ve covered many different issues, and one of the things you’ve done most recently is the Makers series, women making a difference. Talk about the significance of this. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. JULIE COHEN: You know, “How could you not?” is almost a question with RBG. And I love that. AMY GOODMAN: An excerpt from RBG, the documentary that’s just aired at the Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim. BETSY WEST: Colorectal cancer. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. A lot of the people that love her and think she’s cool and know about her dissents don’t really know the full story and don’t appreciate how much she achieved for women’s equal rights under law in her career as a lawyer, particularly during those times at the Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s. She spoke at the Filmmakers Lodge. JULIE COHEN: Yeah, I mean, the love and marriage between Ruth and Marty Ginsburg is sort of like—it’s not just romantic, but it’s—I think it’s really an inspirational part of a feminist story. That’s what I call them, because they look like doily. Witness RBG in select theaters May 4. At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. We’re talking about a film that just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. And as we discovered in the film, she loves to laugh. BETSY WEST: Yeah, as one of our interviewees said, she was never meant to be the great dissenter. The film's script was written by Ginsberg's late husband's nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, Deadline reported, and was originally supposed to have Natalie Portman in the role of RBG. RUTH BADER GINSBURG: In asking the court to declare sex a suspect criterion, we urge a position forcibly stated in 1837 by Sarah Grimke, noted abolitionist and advocate of equal rights for men and women. Stay with us. BETSY WEST: Well, when you meet her in person, she’s a very tiny person. BETSY WEST: Yeah, I mean, 85 is the new 45. Who knows? It’s a platform that is committed to quality journalism, which is well-researched and balanced, and isn’t paid news. In recent years, Ginsburg’s public profile has soared as the court has swerved to the right. You know, after—one example that the justice has talked about is, you know, after Bush v. Gore, when they were like—you know, couldn’t have been more opposed to each other’s point of view, when the stakes couldn’t have been higher, at one point, at the end of the evening, he gave her a call and said, “Ruth, you know, go home and take a hot bath, and we’ll see each other again in the morning.” And, you know, it’s a kind of—. The next day, on the test, the test is the practice exam. BETSY WEST: To three. What most surprised you in meeting Justice Ginsburg and doing this documentary? I mean, Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg were quite close, going back to their days together on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. But he decided that she deserved it. Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the Notorious RBG to those who cheer her 25 years of defiantly independent thinking on the Supreme Court — sure as hell deserves a biopic. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Clinton in 1993. I’m taking a chemistry course at Cornell, and my instructor said—because I was uncertain of my ability in that field—he said, “I’ll give you a practice exam.” So he gave me a practice exam. And the significance in the RBG story is reminding you that, yes, of course, a key role of a Supreme Court justice and what you think of as maybe their greatest potential for accomplishing change is in a majority opinion they write, but Justice Ginsburg really made a huge difference in our laws by the dissent that she wrote in Lilly Ledbetter, not only where she explained the unfairness of the statute of limitations that had been placed on how long a woman could wait to make a claim about being paid unequally, but her dissent, she just came right out and said, like, “The ball is now in Congress’s court. Summary: “I ask no favor for my sex. As it happens, in 2018 a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg called "RBG" was released. If you can begin by sort of giving us a nutshell description of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice? 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CNN will encore the documentary about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.. AMY GOODMAN: And this issue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg being the dissenter, young people who are following her now, that’s all they would think about. She said, “I ask no favor for my sex. AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to the 2007 Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. pay discrimination case, the Supreme Court rejecting Lilly Ledbetter’s claim of pay discrimination at a Goodyear tire plant in Alabama, where she worked as an overnight supervisor for 19 years. How dare you do this!” And that was the end of—the end of that. Martin’s final script — Sandra Bland’s sisters are still searching for answers about her death — How a movie … ⚖️ SEN. ORRIN HATCH: The so-called constitutional right to abortion, a right which many, including myself, think was created out of thin air by the court—, JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: But you asked me—, JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: —the question in relation to the Supreme Court’s precedent. There were six, including that one you just played, Frontiero, that she argued before the Supreme Court, winning five of them, making the case at a time when that case wasn’t widely understood or even—you know, it was sort of hard for society and the male justices of the time to register the idea that, “Oh, wait, the Constitution should provide equal rights for men and women?” This was—she was following up on what Thurgood Marshall had done sort of the decade earlier—basically, a slow legal march for civil rights for people of all races—and she was applying that idea to gender and had extraordinary success with it. She always wanted consensus. JULIE COHEN: You know, there are a lot of legends that have arisen about Justice Ginsburg over the past couple years, as she’s become the Notorious RBG, including the workout, including her long work hours. We’re broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park city, Utah, and we will be here for the week. Transcript. In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. Yes, he was. Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! The New RBG Movie Is an Imperfect Homage to a Legend ... (Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman wrote the script.) JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: This is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity. Justice Ginsburg, then the lawyer Ginsburg, argued the Air Force’s statute for housing allowances treated women as inferior, and the Supreme Court ruled in her favor, eight to one. But that actually wasn’t always the case. Did you just stay clear of him? Utilizing old school practical effects, the filmmakers wish you to journey into the core of narrative form: the reflection of your own mind. That’s the way this system works.” It’s kind of poignant and extraordinary to hear that, you know, today. The new movie, which is scheduled for release on Christmas Day, stars Felicity Jones (doing her best stab at RBG’s Brooklyn accent) and Armie Hammer as … Up up up. AMY GOODMAN: Being chosen as president by the U.S. Supreme Court. delivered to your inbox every day? She is—well, and the workout involves, you know, planks, push-ups, medicine ball, the whole routine. We had followed her kind of stellar rise to rockstardom, as young women began to sort of idolize her as the Notorious RBG. I mean, it was just—we seized the moment to change American society. And I knew exactly what he wanted in return. — The Game of Thrones secrets in George R.R. delivered 14 June 1993, Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, D.C. 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