RBG Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

After watching the 2018 film RBG with your high school or college students, use this discussion guide to help them think critically about the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


It is difficult to think of any other Supreme Court justice in history who has a reputation equal to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In recent years, her daily life, workout routines, past and political opinions have been shared with much public interest. After watching the film, which goes into detail on many parts of her life, use this guide to help students better understand her life.

The first section of questions asks students to discuss major events and topics in the film. The second set of questions calls on students to think critically and apply what they learned.

Discussing the Plot

  • Politically, how is the Supreme Court different than other branches in the U.S. federal government? How does this come up in the film in relation to Barack Obama and her retirement? With this in mind, why were the statements she made about Donald Trump surprising and shocking? What is your takeaway on this?
  • Describe a day in the life of RBG.
  • What surprised you most about her personal life and story?
  • After watching the film, if you could ask RBG one thing, what would it be? Why this question?
  • Describe RBG's marriage, especially during the early years and when they had a young child. How was this unusual for time? How does this grow your understanding of who RBG was?
  • If you had to share a one-minute summary with a friend about this movie, what would you say? Would you tell them to see the film or not? Why?
  • How has RBG influenced the beliefs of the other members of the Supreme Court?

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