On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex

DVD - 2019
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The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who overcame gender inequalities in order to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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DBRL_ReginaF May 28, 2019

I might not love it as much as the RBG documentary, but it's a very close runner up.

JCLHeatherM May 14, 2019

A slow burn biopic that sheds light on the early years of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from starting out as a law student at Harvard to arguing her first Supreme Court case. Let the record show, that the word 'freedom' is indeed in the constitution (specifically the First Amendment).


May 12, 2019

I agree with several others. I watched RBG (also available at library) first. Because of that I found the movie "On the basis of sex" slow. I liked both but encourage people to watch
RBG too.

May 09, 2019

Overall I liked the movie, but as an Oregonian, I hated how she pronounced "Oregon" completely wrong as so many others do! Drives me crazy!

May 07, 2019

I loved the documentary "RBG", so I was doubtful about liking this film. The movie is well done, but if you have to choose, see "RBG". I hope the film was faithful to the truth of the relationship between Chief Justice Ginsburg and her husband. He seemed to be a man ahead of his time in assuming the roles in the family traditionally held by women. As a woman of the 60's who is now in her 70's, I know first hand the attitudes of the time. There was only one statement in the film that aroused my feminist ire. I am confident that Martin Ginsburg was a good man, however, at the end of the film he is quoted as saying - "The smartest thing I ever did was to LET Ruth be Ruth." Ruth had the right to be herself without anyone's permission. You may accuse me of being overly sensitive, but let me tell you a story from life. A friend is a flight attendant with a major airline - a job that used to often be regarded as the equivalent of being a playboy club bunny. In an attempt to establish a union my friend was told by a co-worker - " I don't know if my husband would LET me vote for a union." No one LETS anyone else be themselves - we give each other wings ( no pun intended ). Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 07, 2019

Worth watching but the documentary, RBG, was so much better. Really
recommend that one!

May 06, 2019

a perfect movie for ignorant people who believe Feminism is a self-centered crusade to make men slaves or similar propaganda. the equality groups all work together to force the hand of a system that only cares about itself and is OVERWHELMINGLY still controlled by Rich White Males. I'm saying this even though i am a white male because i see the effects of these unequal policies everyday.

May 05, 2019

A woefully underrated movie about a very important court case in recent history. A well-told story about an incredible woman, an incredible marriage, and an incredibly hopeful time in history when we finally started to come out of the "dark ages" of social inequities long overdue for change. Heartbreaking to compare it to now, as we slip back into the ugly morass of unenlightenment.

May 01, 2019

Very well done bio pic. Probably a little romanticized, but not over the top nor aggrandizing. This is just the beginning of her story--her first success, so there is time to get to know the person (at least the person the writer and director see). It left me wanting a movie about the next 20 years of her career.

Apr 26, 2019

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg launched the judicial movement on the basis of sex. This movie captured the sex discrimination she experienced early in her career as well as how litigation becomes an instrument of social change.

Melinda Gates has recently kicked it up another notch. We're all going to be hearing a lot more about gender equality.

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Jan 14, 2019

What quality or trait defines the right of any person to exist as equal to any other? The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't start in the Supreme Court. Her personal and professional struggles for equal rights between men and women have defined American history and freedom like few events in the country's existence. Follow the many steps Ginsburg had to take and the many uphills battles she had to win from Harvard Law School to the U.S. court system to prove that a woman could know the law and act upon it as fairly and impartially as any man.


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