She had to fight for her right

She had to fight for her right

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice in 1993. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton at the time. Photo Courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

  Released on Jan. 11, 2019, “On the Basis of Sex” is a female empowering, eye- opening, and well-portrayed historical movie. Inspired by a true story, “On the Basis of Sex” is truly non-political and highlights the progress that America has made to increase gender rights thanks to now Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  The movie begins with Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as a student attending Harvard Law school. According to Harvard Law School, she was one of nine women in the class of 1956. It shows the early sexism that was prevalent in schools and America at the time. She then faces troubles in securing a job at a law firm due to her gender. Eventually, Ginsburg continues to work to address and resolve laws that show prejudice, specifically towards women.

  This movie portrayed the upbringing of the Supreme Court Justice in a way that was intriguing to all ages. Although rated PG-13, it really is not very crude or inappropriate. The main reason for the rating was for use of language.

  I was thoroughly impressed with the way the plot unfolded. Even though the movie is based off of real events, there were small details inserted that enhanced the emotional connection the audience had with the characters such as the broach that Ginsburg wears throughout the movie. Because it had been her mom’s broach, it increases the influence her mother had on her. It also enhanced the connection due to the fact that she actually wears the broach in real life, so it was interesting to see the small details behind her everyday accessory.

  Although the movie was not the most cinematically impressive, it was able to still be an engaging story. By not being a too complex movie, it was easy to focus on subtle details like her children and their influences at a young age. Many people today do not know Ginsburg’s inspiration from her mother and how she inspired her daughter, Jane (Cailee Spaeny). Being able to see and learn about these relationships definitely increased the appreciation for her private life as well.  

  “On the Basis of Sex” had me and many others leaving the theater in tears of joy. It shed a light on the modern day life of who many call the “Notorious RBG” and the little facts that people may not know about her. Many left in awe of all of the things she has accomplished and things still on her radar as a Supreme Court Justice. I highly recommend this movie for all genders. It illustrates the path that our country is still on, and the message to fight for your rights.
Jennah Klein, Community Chair