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: I want to be a lawyer. I want to represent clients in pursuit of justice.
[referring to her dresses]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Which one makes me look more like a Harvard man?
Marty Ginsburg: I’m thrilled to report that you look nothing like a Harvard man.
Erwin Griswold: Welcome to Harvard Law School. Ladies, let’s go around the table and report who you are, and why you’re occupying a place that could have gone to a man.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I’m Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My husband in the second year class.
Erwin Griswold: And why are you here, Ms. Ginsburg?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: To learn more about his work, so I can be a more patient and understanding wife.
[the other women start chuckling under their breath]
Man: [to Ruth] Martin Ginsburg will be signing all of our checks someday. You’re a smart girl, your married a star.
Marty Ginsburg: [to Ruth] You’re the smartest person here, so just say what you know.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Last week I was told women are too emotional to be lawyers.
Marty Ginsburg: You can’t quit.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The law says women stay home, men go to work, but all people must be treated equally.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: One interviewer told me they hired a woman last year, and what in the world would they want with two of us?
Ruth’s Boss: You’re angry. Good. Use it.
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.
Woman #1: You have to get credit cards in our husband’s name. We’re not allowed to fly, and we’re not allowed to work in mines.
Woman #2: Why would you want to?
Woman #3: That’s not the point. We should be allowed.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I’m going to convince the courts that those laws are unconstitutional.
[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, demanding change.
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: What if you got hurt or arrested?
Jane Ginsburg: Mom, it’s a rally, not a riot.
[referring to Jane]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I don’t know where she gets her stubbornness.
Marty Ginsburg: Can’t imagine.
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.
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.
Mr. Martz: So the judge is wrong?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Mr. Martz, the law is wrong.
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: This could topple the whole damn system of discrimination.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: [to Mel] You must see the opportunity this case represents, for men and women both.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Discrimination on the basis of sex is legal. Let’s right this wrong.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: These laws are obstacles to our children’s aspirations.
Erwin Griswold: They think gender equality is a civil right?. What’s at stake is the American family. Let’s put this idea to bed once and for all.
Mel Wulf: You will lose, Ruth, 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.
Mel Wulf: Get your emotions in check.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: You first.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I know this case disrupted our lives.
Jane Ginsburg: Who is it for if not for me?
Marty Ginsburg: You’re ready for this. 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.
Erwin Griswold: You would do well to remember this is a privilege.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It is not a privilege, it is a cage, and these laws are the bars!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We’re never giving up.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We all must take these laws on, one by one.
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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