‘What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for the Future of Feminism, Judicial Decision-Making and Legitimacy of the Courts’



Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/07/2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
Newcastle Club

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Guest speakers: Professor Renee Knake & Dr Kcasey McLoughlin

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s status as a global cultural icon is unparalleled. The subject of the acclaimed documentary RBG and the Hollywood film On the Basis of Sex, her image graces coffee mugs, t-shirts, tattoos, and even closet air fresheners. She is widely-known not as Justice Ginsberg, but as the Notorious RBG, a title drawn from the rapper Biggie Smalls’ nickname Notorious B.I.G. Based on high-demand, the clothing store Banana Republic reissued a specially designed necklace styled after the collars she wears when delivering a dissent. The beer company Sam Adams crafted a beer in her honor, “When there are Nine.” This paper examines why Ginsburg is the only justice in the world to ever achieve such cult-like fame, and what her status means for judicial decision-making, the legitimacy of courts, and the future of feminism. Drawing upon their award-winning scholarship examining the media’s depiction of supreme court nominees and the self-fashioning of women judges in their speeches and portraits, Renee Knake and Kcasey McLoughlin explore RBG’s place in history both as a justice and as a feminist in a world that increasingly resists the very rights for women she devoted her career to pursuing.

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