Good Girls Revolt is a TV show that aired on Amazon in 2015. It’s based on Lynn Povich’s book, “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace”
Lynn Povich is journalist with more than 40 years in the news business. In 1970, she was one of a group of women who sued the magazine Newsweek for sex discrimination. Represented by lawyer, Eleanor Holmes Norton, sixty female employees of Newsweek filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission denouncing that Newsweek had a policy of only allowing men to be reporters.
The 10 episodes tell the story prior to this claim. We get to know the researchers (all woman) and the male journalists. We get to see how the different female characters come to the realization that they can be more, that they deserve to be more and how they join forces.
If you read, Povich’s book you will soon realize how very dramatized the story is (which is understandable). Still, it keeps with the spirit of the book and makes the viewer connect with the woman.
Episode ten ends with the women filing the claim and giving a press conference, coincidentally, the same day that the magazine releases a cover article called “Women in Revolt” about the feminist movement. It’s a wonderful episode that leaves you wanting more.
But then, Amazon decides to not renew the series and your heart breaks.
Having read the book, I’m curious to know how the show would have developed. Although the women won their claim and the magazine agreed via a trial system that women could be reporters, the process took years. There wasn’t a clear process nor a timeline. The cover article “Women in Revolt” mentioned before was written by a freelance journalist woman as there were no female reporters at the magazine. As the time progresses and the pressure to have female journalists in the magazine grows, Newsweek hires female journalists out of the magazine (not giving researchers the opportunity to try-out). Tell me if that doesn’t make for a good plot.
If you are looking for closure, the book won’t give it to you. It will anger you more! The book begins by talking about the current situation of women in Newsweek and how much of the inequality remains. It also mentions other cases within printed media.
I believe that this is one of the shows that we will watch together as a family when my son is older. It makes for such a good debate on several issues present today like abortion, women at work, abusive relationships and more.
If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. As I mentioned before, it might anger you, wake something inside you. You will become a proud feminist! Aside the message, the show is beautifully filmed, easy to follow and entertaining. The actors are wonderful, particularly Anna Camp and Erin Darke.