Women’s History Month Celebrated Through Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reported by Emma Bach

On March 7 at 7 p.m., the Hadlock Student Center at George Fox University (GFU) was no longer just a sports facility, but a space for observing and honoring Women’s History Month. Put on by Student Activities, a special showing of the documentary “RBG” was open to the student body.

The documentary “RBG” is about none other than Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a female lawyer and force to be reckoned with in court. The film covered the history of Ginsburg’s life and followed her varying case victories. Not only did Ginsburg attend Harvard Law School as the only woman — and one of the most intelligent pupils — in her class, but she pushed past and against consistent gender discrimination for both herself and other women.

Ginsburg later became the second female justice on the Supreme Court in the 1990s and continues to hold that position.

While attendance was a bit scarce at the documentary event, it was a worthwhile experience. Those present could partake in a delectable pancake bar as they propped their feet up and enjoyed the empowering display of history that “RBG” presented.

Despite being 85 years old, Ginsburg is still in great shape, both mentally and physically. One scene in the documentary even featured Ginsburg making planks look easy as she worked out with a trainer. She serves as inspiration and motivation for women today.

If you missed this showing of “RBG,” know it’s not the end of Ginsburg or the Women’s History Month celebration — Student Activities has more plans in mind. Stephanie St. Cyr, director of Student Involvement, explained their intentions for the future:

“We do plan to have a viewing of ‘On the Basis of Sex’ in April,” St. Cyr said. “With Spring Break it did not work for us to have a showing in March.”

“On the Basis of Sex” is another film about Ginsburg and her accomplishments. This one, however, is a scripted movie rather than a documentary. Watching the film provides a great chance to appreciate the work of Ginsburg and see the serious progress she made for women. Her story is one that deserves to be told and commemorated.

Jessica DaughertyComment