Scrap the dreary dinner party conversations about Trump bumblings and Gigaba videos, here’s a list of women from across the world (and time and realms of possibility) you should be able to, and want to, discuss instead. They’re all very much of the zeitgeist.

The lawmaker: Ruth Bader Ginsburg She’s an associate justice of the US Supreme Court (only the second woman in that position) and you don’t tangle with the "Notorious RBG". Ginsburg is famous for her dissenting opinions as a justice, but the thing that really set her on a path to career success, and fame, was her work as a lawyer. In the 1970s, this glass-ceiling shatterer was a fearless advocate of women’s rights and gender equality. To get some insight on this feisty 85-year-old, watch the excellent documentary RBG, released this year. This should be your preparatory viewing for On the Basis of Sex. The big-budget biopic based on Ginsburg’s life will be released in SA in January and stars Felicity Jones...

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