Good Girls Revolt

Amazon has released the first trailer for their upcoming original television series Good Girls Revolt starring Anna Camp (True Blood, Pitch Perfect) as Jane Hollander, Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot, The Newsroom) as Nora Ephron and Jim Belushi as Wick McFadden. Inspired by real events, the series follows a group of young female researchers in 1969 at “News of the Week” who go on a revolutionary journey, sparking change across their lives & the newsroom.

The show follows the young female researchers as they “embark on their revolution journey for equality in the workplace.”

“One small step, becomes one big movement that sparks change and upends marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships.”

Good Girls Revolt Trailer

 

The pilot episode of the series is available to watch right now on Amazon, and because of Amazon customer voting, the rest of the series was produced and is coming next month. I’m going to have to check out the pilot over the weekend.

Some serious Mad Men vibes. This seems like the kind of story that would have been adapted into a small indie movie ten years ago, but now has a lot more air to breath as a series. I like a lot of the people involved, including creator Dana Calvo who worked on Narcos, Journeyman and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I also love the work Grace Gummer has been doing on Mr. Robot, and this story looks to give her some more range. I’m also a fan of filmmaker Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) whose early journalism career is the subject of this story.

The series is adapted from the book The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace written by Lynn Povich. Here is the official synopsis for the book, which is available on Amazon for around $16:

It was the 1960s––a time of economic boom and social strife. Young women poured into the workplace, but the “Help Wanted” ads were segregated by gender and the “Mad Men” office culture was rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination. Lynn Povich was one of the lucky ones, landing a job at Newsweek, renowned for its cutting-edge coverage of civil rights and the “Swinging Sixties.” Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Brownmiller all started there as well. It was a top-notch job––for a girl––at an exciting place. But it was a dead end. Women researchers sometimes became reporters, rarely writers, and never editors. Any aspiring female journalist was told, “If you want to be a writer, go somewhere else.”

On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled “Women in Revolt,” forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit––the first by women journalists––and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit. Lynn Povich was one of the ringleaders. In The Good Girls Revolt, she evocatively tells the story of this dramatic turning point through the lives of several participants. With warmth, humor, and perspective, she shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women, raised in the 1940s and 1950s, to challenge their bosses––and what happened after they did. For many, filing the suit was a radicalizing act that empowered them to “find themselves” and fight back. Others lost their way amid opportunities, pressures, discouragements, and hostilities they weren’t prepared to navigate.

Good Girls Revolt is set to be released on October 28th, 2016 on Amazon Video, free for Amazon Prime members.

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