“On the Basis of Sex” is a biopic film on the notorious Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film follows twenty years of RBG’s (played by Felicity Jones) life as she enters her first year at Harvard Law School as one of the nine women in her class, raises a family alongside her husband Marty Ginsburg (played by Armie Hammer) and finds new ways to promote feminism and an end to discrimination based on sex.
The film beautifully documents the sheer strength and intelligence of Ginsburg as she battles her way through sex-based discrimination. Jones’ performance as Ginsburg is incredibly convincing as she captures the genius of RBG on screen. The audience watches in awe as Ginsburg takes on her and her husband’s classes in Harvard Law, graduates top of her class, struggles to find a job despite her credentials and finally wins a case that sets a precedent for all cases on sex-based discrimination. Ginsburg seems to thrive in the face of adversity and refuses to allow the opinions of men hold her back.
“On the Basis of Sex” is entirely feminist but also demonstrates the importance of a strong family unit and a supportive spouse that contributes to growth. One place that RBG does not face the effects of gender inequality is at her home, where Marty Ginsburg stands as the equally intelligent and ever supportive husband; taking on duties like cooking and cleaning all while encouraging RBG to reach her fullest potential.
The importance of films like these for female viewers will never truly be understood. Nothing can compare to the feeling of leaving a movie completely satisfied by a strong female character. The story of RBG is empowering and inspiring and viewers will be captured by her intellect and strength. The audience will leave the movie wanting more to the story and the uttermost respect for RBG and the females who have fought against gender inequality all throughout their lives.