JULIE COHEN: You know, “How could you not?” is almost a question with RBG. Inequality Virus: Pandemic Widens Wealth Gap for Women, People of Color as Billionaire Profits Soar, End the Filibuster: Calls Grow to Retire Relic of Slavery & Jim Crow to Make Senate More Democratic, Rev. AMY GOODMAN: 2018 marked Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 25th year on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo didn’t want to do it. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 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Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. And I, at the time, wondered, “Are they just indulging me and not listening, or am I telling them something they haven’t heard before, and are they paying attention?”. We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work. BETSY WEST: Colorectal cancer. BETSY WEST: She was extremely forthright about this. I think the surprise was that most of those legends are true. 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. BETSY WEST: Well, I had never heard her talk about this, but it’s absolutely true that there really was no word for sexual harassment, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being discriminated against as a young woman, and then, later, all of the women who flooded into the workplace in the '70s just sort of felt like, “Hey, this is the price of entry, something we've got to put up with in order to have these fantastic jobs.” And it was Catharine MacKinnon, who was really just a young—just out of law school. He was not shy about promoting her. JULIE COHEN: Sure. They’ve known each other for 40 years. NINA TOTENBERG: I assume you did quite well on that exam. JULIE COHEN: Justice Scalia was one of the—one of the architects of the majority decision, saying—having George Bush become the president. 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. BETSY WEST: Think she’s sending a signal? And why not have it be us?”. We’re talking about a film that just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. And the fact that they disagreed so vehemently on the law, extraordinarily, seemed to have made them closer to one another. I’m Amy Goodman. I think it’s the contrast about her that really strikes you. The attitude to sexual harassment was simply “Get past it. 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. The significance, Julie? I mean, one of the most—, AMY GOODMAN: A survivor of pancreatic cancer—. JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: —the 14th Amendment. She always wanted consensus. Ginsburg first gained fame in the 1970s when she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. AMY GOODMAN: It’s the new Jane Fonda workout video I’m expecting to see. We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work. So, if you’re in the courtroom—of course, there aren’t cameras in the courtroom, but if you’re in the courtroom, you get a preview a few minutes earlier, because from Justice Ginsburg’s collar, if she’s going to read an opinion and she’s wearing that lovely sort of black, sparkly, fan-shaped collar, you know she’s about to deliver a dissent. She may still have been in law school, when she started working on this concept and wrote this paper, that was absolutely seminal and, in fact, was quoted by the Supreme Court in the mid-'80s, parts of her—some of the exact language that she used. "RBG" puts "On the Basis of Sex" to shame, frankly, and I am 99% certain that "RBG" will pick up an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary in the near future (I am equally certain that "On the Basis of Sex" will not get any Oscar nominations). We had followed her kind of stellar rise to rockstardom, as young women began to sort of idolize her as the Notorious RBG. I know. AMY GOODMAN: And what most strikes you about her? 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. It’s very important to her that she have collegial relationships with her fellow justices and that she makes reasoned arguments. She was 60 years old when she was nominated. These 2021 Sundance Film Festival headliners became household names thanks to some unforgettable roles early in their careers. 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. JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: This is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity. Utilizing old school practical effects, the filmmakers wish you to journey into the core of narrative form: the reflection of your own mind. Why did you decide to follow her? Yes, she seems very determined to continue doing the job that she loves. And I love that. Add the first question. RBG BETSY WEST: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking with NPR’s Nina Totenberg, a woman who has interviewed her for decades. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. This was not considered anything you could do something about, that the law could help you do something about, until a book was written by a then-young woman named Katie MacKinnon—Catharine MacKinnon. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Stephen Wiesenfeld. 13 wins & 49 nominations. Film Companion is a celebration of the movies. That said, I will be quite disappointed if it wins best documentary at the Oscars. I mean, the amazing thing is that, after that, she was confirmed 96 to 3. Biden Is Reversing Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Acts. NINA TOTENBERG: So, just to close the loop here for a minute, what did you do about the professor? How dare you do this!” And that was the end of—the end of that. Only over time is there strong cause to suspect that discrimination is at work. 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. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Clinton in 1993. 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 I was asked to read it by a publisher and give my opinion on whether it was worth publishing. She’s not the type to go around self-promoting. 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. And you’ve been nominated by our president, who happens to be a Democrat. The Supreme Court decision that ended the recount in Florida and led to George W. Bush becoming president of the United States. AMY GOODMAN: And for those who aren’t familiar with Bush v. Gore, though they may have been familiar—become familiar with the results? But as he says, Marty Ginsburg wasn’t the only person lobbying for somebody. The life, both professional and personal, of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nicknamed "Notorious RBG" by her biographers and followers, is presented. 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. She said, “I ask no favor for my sex. Video Transcript. Julie Cohen, if you can talk about this love story, that lasted for over half a century? delivered 14 June 1993, Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, D.C. I mean, it was just—we seized the moment to change American society. 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. What most surprised you in meeting Justice Ginsburg and doing this documentary? BETSY WEST: Yeah, I mean, 85 is the new 45. Who knows? Martin’s final script — Sandra Bland’s sisters are still searching for answers about her death — How a movie … AMY GOODMAN: —or when she’s expressing the dissent. to your inbox each morning. Ginsburg often now finds herself on the dissenting side of opinions. Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: The answer is yes. Focusing on this documentary, it is a pleasing narrative but unremarkable. And it’s absolutely true. (2018). Well, before the film, on Sunday, Justice Ginsburg, who flew in to Park City, Utah, this weekend, was interviewed by NPR’s Nina Totenberg, a dear friend of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. Betsy West is a 21-time Emmy winner for her work as an ABC News producer, who now teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism. She spoke at the Filmmakers Lodge. 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