Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterson, Kathy Bates
Bio-drama directed by Mimi Leder based on the true life story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The story follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as she teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a groundbreaking case before the Supreme Court and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: There are a hundred and seventy-eight laws that differentiate on the basis of sex. Women can’t work overtime. We have to get credit cards in our husband’s name.
[referring to the Ruth’s daughter, Jane]
Dorothy Kenyon: You think you can change the country, you should look to her generation. They’re taking to the streets.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Protests are important, but changing the culture means nothing if the law doesn’t change.
Dorothy Kenyon: What did you say your name was?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I want to be a lawyer. I want to represent clients in pursuit of justice.
Marty Ginsburg: So they’re going to give you a corner office?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I wasn’t what they were looking for. One said women are too emotional to be lawyers. Another told me a woman graduating top of her class must be a real ballbuster. I worked hard, I did everything I was supposed to and I excelled.
Man: [to Ruth] Martin Ginsburg will be signing all of our checks someday. You’re a smart girl, your married a star.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If the law differentiates on the basis of sex, then how will women and men ever become equals?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I don’t read tax court cases.
Marty Ginsburg: Read this one.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The law assumes a caregiver has to be a woman. This is sex based discrimination against a man.
Marty Ginsburg: Poor guy.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We need to take this case.
Mel Wulf: This is not a case. This is a declaration of war.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It could topple the whole damn system of discrimination.
Erwin Griswold: They think gender equality is civil rights. What’s at stake is the American family. Let’s put this idea to bed once and for all.
Mel Wulf: You will lose, and when you do, you will set the women’s movement back ten years.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: You don’t get to tell me when to quit.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I know this case disrupted our lives.
Jane Ginsburg: Who is it for if not for me?
Marty Ginsburg: You’ve been ready for this your whole life, so go in there and let the judges see Ruth Ginsburg right now.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We’re not asking you to change the country, that’s already happened without any court’s permission.
Judge: The word woman does not appear even once in the US constitution.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Nor does the word freedom, Your Honor.
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