RBG film screening and panel discussion: NEXT GEN Board

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Last December, YWCA Princeton’s NEXT GEN Board organized FREE film screening of RBG, in an effort to inspire the Princeton community with the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the oldest Supreme Court Justice and a pioneer of women’s rights. Nearly 100 guests attended the screening. Here’s what some attendees had to say:

Samantha McGraw, YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board, Co-President: “What I enjoyed most about the film was learning more about the history of the women’s movement.  For me, history is the foundation on which I can truly understand the challenges of today, because without knowledge, I do not have power.  It humbled me to realize and learn that as a woman, I likely would not have the opportunities available to me today if it wasn’t for pioneers like RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) who was such a trailblazer in fighting for women’s rights.”

Kelly Marker, YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN board member: “I now regret not knowing more about Ruth Bader Ginsberg before seeing the film. Her amazing career and life is inspiring and it was really great to see such a diverse audience come out on a Tuesday night to watch her story.”

Diane Cho, event attendee: I had no idea Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was and is responsible for so many of rights I take for granted today. The sheer force and longevity of her determination and diligence is incredibly inspiring. She made me want to work out, work harder, and continue working with purpose. It was a great experience laughing and crying to this documentary with other members of the community, so thank you!”

From left to right: Victoria Airgood, Katrina Homel, Maryann Flanigan, and Samantha McGraw.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion. Panel members discussed the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what it means to them. The panelists were:

  • Victoria Airgood, Attorney at Hill Wallack; Member of Princeton Shade Tree Commission
  • Katrina Homel, YWCA Board Member and Attorney
  • Maryann Flanigan, Chief Counsel of the Sandy Legal Assistance Project; Chief Counsel, Foreclosure Defense Project at New Jersey Legal Services
  • Samantha McGraw, YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board, Co-President

YWCA Princeton’s NEXT GEN Board is currently planning a Poetry Slam event to be held in conjunction with Stand Against Racism at the end of April. Date and location details to follow in the coming weeks and we hope to welcome you there.