On 5th February 2020, the National Constitution Society Christ (Deemed to be University) Chapter organised a film screening and discussion on Ruth Bader Ginsburg for their college students from diverse disciplines. The event aimed to introduce law students to Justice Ginsburg’s influence on contemporary law, gender justice and feminism and then enable the students to draw comparisons with the current discussions around gender equality in India.
‘RBG’ is a documentary which highlights the life and career of the US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (popularly known as RBG). Justice Ginsburg is an important legal, feminist and cultural icon owing to her decades-long fight against gender discrimination, both as a lawyer and later, as a judge.
The documentary ran for an hour and a half and students watched in rapt attention. Thereafter, Kruthika R from the CADIndia team kick-started the discussion by asking students to reflect on the documentary.
Many students expressed their admiration for Justice Ginsburg’s commitment to fighting against gender discrimination, both in her personal and professional life. Students also drew parallels between Justice Ginsburg’s journey and the careers of women judges in India including J. Leila Seth.
Several students discussed their personal experiences of gender-based discrimination. Later, issues relating to the Sabarimala judgment and Maternity Benefits Act, 2017 were discussed from gender justice framework.
Kruthika took the students back to 1946 to explain the constitution-making process with a focus on the role of women assembly members. The event concluded with word-puzzle activity, where they were tasked with finding the names of Indian Women Constituent Assembly members. Divya Shukla, a third-year law student was quick to work this out and won an NCS jute bag.