Boys Will Be Boys, but Good Girls Revolt
In a time where Lemonade tops the charts and a woman is running for the White House, it’s hard to imagine that not so long ago women were scoffed at for aspirational goals, other than keeping house and raising a family.
The 1960’s were a time for peace, love and sexual discrimination? While it doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as peace and love, it’s an important part of our culture that needs to be remembered, and Amazon’s new series, Good Girls Revolt, does just that.
Based on Lynn Povich’s acclaimed book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace, the series opens in a bustling New York City newsroom centered around a group of story-hungry male journalists…and their female researchers. At first glance, the whip-smart and tenacious women at the magazine (renamed News of the Week on the show) seem content with shouldering the workload without the byline. That is until a young Nora Ephron, played by the brilliant Grace Gummer, plants tiny seeds of empowerment among the researchers.
As I watched and possibly fist-pumped at the strong female presence in the premiere episode, I couldn’t help but think about the boundary-breaking, ass-kicking females who have made it possible for me to sit at my desk and passionately write about the music and pop culture stories trending today.
Women like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin who did not ask for, but demanded r-e-s-p-e-c-t, knocked down the doors and erased the doubts that women were not cut out for jobs initially held by men.
These female powerhouses who bravely started a cultural revolution have inspired today’s talented female musicians to not ask, but take what is rightfully theirs, the spotlight.
Stream Good Girls Revolt October 28 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.