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On the Basis of Sex

Your Repeal fire will be reignited watching Felicity Jones play ultra-feminist Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Notorious RBG is coming to a screen near you.

WISE BEYOND HER years when she was younger, but sprightly in mind and attitude in her ninth decade, Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become quite the feminist icon for Millennials in recent years.

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It’s easy to see why the 85-year-old, who was the first Jewish and only second woman appointed onto the Supreme Court, has become so beloved.

On gay rights:

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When asked ‘how many women would be enough’ on the Supreme Court, she answered with sass:

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In 2001, she told  ABC News that:

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.

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After breaking down gender boundaries her whole career, a Hollywood film of her life, starring Felicity Jones, is coming out this year. Having a film made about you is quite an achievement. But it’s a special kind of achievement when you’re still alive and kicking ass.

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The film focuses on an early case in Bader Ginsburg’s long and achievement-filled career. In 1975, she successfully argued before the American Supreme Court that denying a widower his wife’s survivor benefits under Social Security violated the right to equal protection the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

If the law differentiates on the basis of sex, when will men and women ever be equal?

Ruthie here was a sly aul fox.

She knew there would be sympathy towards arguing the rights of a man, rather than the rights of a woman. And she also knew that arguing for gender equality using a man would set a precedent that would help woman gain equality under the law.

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She was woke, before woke was a thing.

Being ‘woke’ is being made aware of the structural inequalities where capitalism and the patriarchy created a world based on the social constructs of race, sexuality and gender to enable greed and wealth to only pass through the hands of straight, white men.

The case of the film is stellar. The really-really-really ridiculously good-looking and deep-voiced Armie Hammer, the inspiration behind some peachy porn in the excellent Call Me By Your Name, plays Ruth’s husband Marty Ginsburg.

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Justin Theoux, Kathy Bates and Sam Waterson also feature in the film which is written by Daniel Stiepleman who is a nephew of Marty Ginsburg.

Unfortunately the film is not out until December, but we can’t wait.

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