The film highlights other monumental cases from before Ginsberg took her seat as one of the Supremes. Sharron Frontiero appears to discuss the important 1973 sexual discrimination case of Frontiero v. Richardson, in which Ginsburg successfully argued on her behalf as a lawyer representing the ACLU. Ginsburg recalls quoting the 19th century abolitionist and women’s suffrage advocate Sarah Moore Grimke, stating, "I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."
Ginsburg’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court in 1993 frames the film's storyline, during which she provided biographical and ideological background to the U.S. Senate and anyone watching. Of course, Bill Clinton shows up briefly to discuss choosing Ginsburg for the position. And so does Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who had recommended her in spite of their ideological disagreements. We’re reminded, however, that Ginsburg was considered a more politically moderate judge at the time. We’re also reminded that the Washington of 25 years ago, while then thought of as relatively divided, was still quite bipartisan compared with today.