On The Basis Of Sex centres around Ruth Bader Ginsburg who still to this day works tirelessly to correct outdated laws that discriminate against women in her role as US Supreme Court Justice.
Being a woman isn’t an easy task. You’re born into an environment where you will be treated differently, and in some cases discriminated against, all your life just because you happen to be a woman.
We first meet RBG (Felicity Jones) during her time at Harvard Law. Being only one of a handful of women accepted at the time was a privilege, one that RBG is reminded of constantly. At a dinner party she is asked to explain who she is and why she has taken a place that should have gone to a man.
Despite the idiocy of those surrounding her RBG marches on, even attending her husband’s classes for him when he falls ill, to take notes. RBG is a model student, yet she is not given the accolades she deserves because she is a woman.
So RBG transfers to Columbia Law School where she graduates first in her class. Yet still she struggles to find a law firm that would take on a female lawyer.
The next best option is to turn to academia, an area where women can excel. She takes a role as a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.
This time becomes the making of RBG. All those rejections despite her obvious talent create a fire in her belly that can’t be put out. She dedicates all her time and effort into educating her students who will hopefully go on to make the changes in law that she wishes she could.
That is until, her husband Martin (Armie Hammer) brings her a case that changes the course of their lives forever. Then it’s time for RBG to show exactly what she’s about and the rest as they say, is history.
I won’t spoil the movie for you, but suffice to say that RBG overcame all the odds to become one of the most influential figures in the battle for equal rights, passionately arguing ground-breaking landmark cases and giving a voice to those unable to be heard.
On The Basis Of Sex is the most inspiring movie I have seen in a long time.
Note, RBG is unfortunately not my namesake, but she truly is a baddass. The telling of this true story is so powerful and timely. Jones delivers her performance with such authenticity and passion it’s hard not to feel inspired. Afterall RBG’s continued fight against gender discrimination and for equality is unprecedented.
Jordan and I came out of the movie fully fired up and enthused to make a difference. Fighting for women’s rights is an ongoing battle that isn’t going away any time soon, but with pioneers like RBG, we’re one step closer to equality.
By Ruth Walker