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Movie Review: On the Basis of Sex

If you’re looking for a hard-hitting, data-driven, infancy-through-current-day chronicle covering the life of one of the United States’ most popular judges, you’ve come to the wrong place. Or have you come for an affable girl-power memoir? Then, you’ve also made a wrong turn. But are you down to watch a thoughtfully acted, beautifully depicted portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the people surrounding her during the early and middle years of her career in law and education? Then welcome.

On the Basis of Sex covers Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life from law school through the first several years of her career. This period marks the onset of her decades-long (and arguably ongoing) fight for civil rights and the advancement of gender equality.

It is easy to imagine that it is no easy feat to portray a living legacy—an intellectual powerhouse in a delicate 5 foot 1 inch package,

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