In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
When Ruth is preparing to appear in front of the federal appeals court, she practices in front of a panel of mock judges, including her former professor Gerald Gunther and the legal scholar, civil rights activist, and pioneering Episcopal priest Pauli Murray. During the practice session, Murray assumes the identity of a male judge; in fact, in Rosalind Rosenberg's 2017 biography "Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray," Rosenberg reveals that Murray was, in fact, what we would today characterize as transgender--he identified as male. See more »
In the 1959 scene where Ruth, Marty & baby Jane celebrate Ruth's job, they toast a glass of champagne and little Jane drinks a toast from a sippy cup. The "sippy cup" was manufactured by Playtex in 1981. See more »
Ten Thousand Men of Harvard
Written by Alfred Putnam and Murray Taylor
Performed by the Harvard University Band and the Harvard Glee Club
By arrangement with the Harvard University Band and the Harvard Glee Club See more »
An entertaining biopic about a living legal icon.
"Women have been losing the same argument for 100 years!" Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Felicity Jones)
Concerning sexual equality, the above quote best expresses the feisty young lawyer, RBG, and her early fight through the courts to overturn a tax code provision that discriminated against men. Thanks to her husband, Marty (Armie Hammer), who found a discriminatory clause in the code, she was able to fight on behalf of her client and therefore women in their ambition to be equal.
On the Basis of Sex is an entertaining and informative docudrama not only about her early days at Harvard Law and as a mother and professor, but also the daunting task women had of competing with men for professional jobs that were denied them uniformly and openly. To see RBG denied legal job after legal job is almost to feel the anxiety this top-of-her-class graduate endured in finally taking a job as a professor by default.
Her eventual success in the tax case came not in a Hollywood glamorous moment but slowly after grinding research and disappointments in the court room. Anyone in law school should see this carefully crafted drama for the truths it tells about the hard work it was for this diminutive battler. Helping Marty defeat cancer was just another battle the future Supreme Court Justice would fight and eventually win but not easily.
On the Basis of Sex is an old-fashioned courtroom drama about a judicial titan whose life is still inspiring as she approaches its end. "He's not going to take me seriously," she says in an early encounter with a judge. We know how that turns out for liberalism's "Obi Wan Kenobi."
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