On the Basis of Sex Review

Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates, Cailee Spaeny, Jack Reynor

Director: Mimi Leder

Release date: 22nd February 2019


The year is 1953 and Ruth Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) is starting her first day at Harvard Law School. The ratio between men and women is hugely different, with men outnumbering women vastly. It is only the 6th year in the School’s history that women have been allowed to attend. She has a husband, Martin (Armie Hammer) and a young son but is determined to become a lawyer. One day, her husband collapses and it is soon discovered that he is incredibly sick. As a devoted wife, she decides that she will attend Martin’s classes as well as her own.. 1959, and Ruth is top of her class. Over the next few decades, her actions and teachings will have huge percussions on the rights of women for future generations to come..


‘On the Basis of Sex’ is based on the incredible and true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 1993, she became only the second woman in American history to be given a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. To this day, she still fights for justice in the American courts and is a fantastic role model to every young girl growing up in the world.

A genuine American treasure, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s name has become intertwined with getting equal rights for women in all things. At the grand age of 86, she is still working hard for women’s rights.


A really great and inspiring film, it’s about time that one was made to tell this amazing woman’s story. Make sure you see it and prepare to be inspired.

Overall: 8/10


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