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May Movie Nite: "On the Basis of Sex" 5/31 @ 7pm


 "On the Basis of Sex" On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a first-year student at Harvard Law School.  When her husband Martin, a second-year student, falls ill with cancer, she attends both her classes and his, taking notes and transcribing lectures while caring for Martin and their infant daughter Jane.  Two years later, Martin, his cancer in remission, is hired by a firm in New York.  Ruth petitions Harvard Law School Dean Griswold to allow her to finish her Harvard law degree with classes at Columbia Law School in New York, but he insists on following Harvard University policies at the time and denies her request, so she transfers to Columbia.  In spite of graduating at the top of her class, she is unable to find a position with a law firm because none of the firms she applies to want to hire a woman.  She takes a job as a professor at Rutgers Law School, teaching "Sex Discrimination and the Law."

In 1970, Martin brings Moritz v. Commissioner, a tax law case to Ruth's attention. Ginsburg believes that if she could set a precedent ruling that a man was unfairly discriminated against on the basis of sex, that precedent could be cited in cases challenging laws that discriminate against women.

 Although "On the Basis of Sex” is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject,  her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic. 

 The New York Times noted that the film stays close to the true story of Ginsburg's emergence as a leading women's rights attorney and her remarkably supportive marriage


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