“On the Basis of Sex” sheds light on gender equality battle

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“On the Basis of Sex” sheds light on gender equality battle

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On the Basis of Sex released on Christmas Day 2018 in some areas, but was released to all theaters on January 11. The movie follows a young lawyer named Ruth Bader Ginsburg starting with her in Harvard Law school. Ginsburg is portrayed by Felicity Jones and Marty Ginsburg, Ruth’s husband is portrayed by Armie Hammer.  

   The movie begins with the song “A Harvard Man”, when Ginsburg is surrounded by white men in dark suits and she is the only women. When she sits for introduction the dean of the school, played by Sam Waterston, gives a speech saying how the men of Harvard law are exceptional, and it takes a great man to a lawyer. When invited to a dinner at the Dean’s house she is asked why she thinks it is okay for her to take a man’s position in the law program.  

   The movie does a good job on focusing on first case that Ginsburg brought to court to fight for gender equality. The case was about a Colorado man who was denied a tax benefit that is usually given to women.  Bader Ginsburg and her husband both take on the case with help from the A.C.L.U. (American Civil Liberties Union).

  When Bader was asked about the movie she said the only thing that was wrong was when the character in the movie seemed to be flustered in front of the appellate judges she paused, Bader did not pause for as long.

  The movie is rated at a 71 percent on Rotten Tomato, and a 6.2 on IMDb. The movie has made $10.80 million USD, and the biography called RBG that was released last year on May 4 has made $14.30 million USD.

   Bader was named to the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton in 1993, after spending 13 years in in the U.S. court of appeals. She was confirmed by a 96-3 vote.

   The movie focuses on solely her first case but Bader won five out of the six cases she brought to the Supreme Court. Frontiero v. Richardson was another landmark case that decided that benefits given by the U.S military to the family of service members cannot be given out differently because of sex.