All things RBG

After seeing RBG as part of the International Women Day programme this week, I’ve realised I never gathered all things Ruth Bader Ginsburg on this blog.


For once, she used a law-review article co-written by Pauli Murray (an amazing woman ahead of her time who advanced 2 movements for equality (all from behind the scenes) as described here) to convince the Supreme Court that the Equal Protection Clause applies to women. 

Then Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s unlikely path to the Supreme Court – beyond seeing her as an icon and hero to feminists (a view that threatens to simplify her story and flatten out her complexities).

And one of my favorite. I am yet to see the feature film Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, on Winning the Aunt Lottery: “On the Basis of Sex,” movie centered on the Supreme Court Justice and how he came to see the Ginsburgs’ marriage as a model for his own.

The story of Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, from 1972, the only case that Martin Ginsburg argued alongside his wife Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Their client was an unmarried salesman taking care of his elderly mother, but the tax code prohibited him from deducting caregiving expenses, because he was a man. The attorneys, working with the A.C.L.U., thought that a male plaintiff would be the perfect vehicle for a gender-discrimination case. They were right: the Tenth Circuit ruled in their favor.