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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: From quiet warrior of justice to pop culture icon

Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer star in ‘On the Basis of Sex’, the inspiring true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a spirited, extraordinary woman who brought a case before the US Supreme Court in 1975 that would overturn more than a century of gender discrimination.

The highly anticipated film, On the Basis of Sex – in cinemas February 7 – takes us back to where the incredible story of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began, with a stellar performance by Felicity Jones.

The film is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career.

When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the storybook-like romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally.

The 85-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice has become an unlikely modern-day cultural icon. From her “Notorious RBG” moniker to her impressive weight-lifting session on Late Night with Stephen Colbert to SNL’s Kate McKinnon’s hilarious impersonation of her, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made an indelible impression on today’s cultural zeitgeist.   

Director Mimi Leder says that now is the perfect time to tell Ruth’s story. The story of a strong woman who, against all odds, was able to realise her dreams, as well as move humanity forward in her fight for equality and the women’s rights movement.

Among her many accolades, Ginsburg was named one of Forbes’ ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ in 2009, one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year 2012,” and one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”

On the Basis of Sex is definitely a must-watch in February.

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