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This scene from the biopic “On the Basis of Sex” shows Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) in an Introduction to Contracts class during her first year at Harvard Law School. She is framed in a sea of men, already standing out from the crowd. The director Mimi Leder discusses this sequence and how it was important to show the future Supreme Court justice’s knowledge early in the film, while also highlight the discrimination she faced.
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