In her new film "On the Basis of Sex", Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones plays the quietly formidable US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For the 35-year-old Oxford University graduate, inhabiting the Notorious RBG, as Ginsburg is colloquially referred to, was somewhat of a dream role. Ginsburg’s story is a compelling tale of female empowerment.
At a time when tertiary education was considered a man’s prerogative, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and graduated first in her class from Columbia Law School. She spent her legal career advocating gender equality and advancing the rights of women, winning numerous victories before the Supreme Court.
It’s fitting, then, that Jones, having portrayed such a torchbearer for equality, should be the face of a new worldwide philanthropic initiative established by Clé de Peau Beauté that champions women’s education.
Power of radiance
Launched in March, the Power of Radiance Programme honours women whose work in this field has had a significant and lasting impact.
Each year the brand will select an award recipient who will receive a grant that can be donated to a cause of her choice. This year, the brand honoured Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan, whose work to keep Syrian girls in school has earned her an appointment as a Unicef goodwill ambassador.