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On the Basis of Sex (dir. Mimi Leder)

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October 2018 brought us RBG, the documentary about the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now we have On the Basis of Sex, a biopic starring Felicity Jones as this iconic leader in the fight for gender equality and justice under the law. The film is directed by Mimi Leder. The film focuses on the period between RBG’s first year in law school and her the first case she tries in court.

Does the film work to humanize the subject, or perhaps to dehumanize the men who continuously tried to demean her? Perhaps most striking is how quickly some of us have forgotten what it was like to live through this transitional period, and how long people have been pursuing equal protection and rights under the law.

Host Jonathan Schwartzis joined by Alex Ago, Carla Della Gatta, and David Warshofskyto discuss the film, opening today. While you might know most of RBG’s story, beware of spoilers.


This podcast is brought to you by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center, and continues ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse and is produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz.

Sound supervision by the Brothers Hedden.

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