This weekend, Amazon released a new television series called Good Girls Revolt, and I subsequently watched all 10 episodes (almost) in a row. The show focuses on the story lines of three leading ladies working for the fictitious News of the Week Magazine as they attempt to sue their employer for gender discrimination in 1969. Not only does the show tell a fascinating story, the story is based on the real experiences of writers like Nora Ephron and Lynn Povich at Newsweek Magazine.
As a period piece, the series does its best to dedicate itself to the issues of the time. Though it primarily aims to address the blatant sexism that these women faced in the workplace, it also addresses the many more injustices that plagued women during the period. Some of these include a woman’s birth control and access to abortion, sexual harassment, and being considered a second-class citizen behind her father or husband.
We’ve made a lot of progress since then, women can wear pants and sign the paperwork for our own homes and apartments. But, the question of women’s equality (maybe better, inequality) keeps being raised. One of the most searched terms on Google in this election cycle has been abortion, and in many places, women still don’t have adequate access to reproductive healthcare. While women have certainly become a vital part of the job market today, pay inequality is still a prominent issue.
As I watched the first season of Good Girls Revolt, I started to think about the similarities between the struggles that these women faced and the struggles that women continue to face close to two decades into the 21st century.
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