Monday, September 26, 2016

Good Girls Revolt: We've Come A Long Way, Baby!

A look at the personal and professional lives of employees 
at an American news magazine in the late 1960s.

For a lot of women my age—and especially those a few years older—Good Girls Revolt isn't a period drama. This was our lives. Groping bosses, dismissive attitudes about a woman’s place in the world of work. 



Based on the book The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich, the Amazon series, set in 1969 is inspired by the real-life group of female Newsweek researchers who demanded equality and bylines. 

I’m excited to see the period of the late 60’s, early 70’s through that specific lens, especially as it sounds like a show that will engage young women, who, to be honest, don’t quite seem to grasp the way it was just a few short years ago. I worry that they take women’s progress for granted and in doing so, put those strides at risk. I’m thinking specifically of women’s health rights but I’d be surprised if the show—a fictionalized telling of Povich’s true story doesn’t include a storyline that deals with the challenges of an unwanted pregnancy.



Of course, like Mad Men, with the clothes, the vibe and the music of the 1960’s, it also looks like a helluva lot of fun to watch!

Check out the trailer for a preview of the series which debuts October 28th. You can’t miss the iconic Norah Ephron played by Grace Gummer. 

The cast also includes Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Drake, Chris Diamantopoulos, Hunter Parrish and Jim Belushi.


2 comments:

  1. As a journalist who appeared in the newsroom in the 80s, I definitely owe these women some thanks. The series looks good. I had one boss who was kind of a lech, but he was cute so I didn't mind. I will admit that I kissed a few city managers to get a story. Guess I wasn't too liberated either.

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    1. I didn't know you were a journalist! That will def be a fun show for you. Times were very different. I remember skirting out of the way of a boss's lecherous touch as he scooched by behind me, but oth, I flirted like crazy with another boss, wishing he'd go further. I'm sure that still happens, just not as overtly.

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