By Lynn Povich
It was once the 1960s––a time of monetary growth and social strife. younger women poured into the place of work, however the “Help Wanted” advertisements have been segregated through gender and the “Mad Men” workplace tradition used to be rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination.
Lynn Povich was once one of many fortunate ones, touchdown a role at Newsweek, well known for its state-of-the-art insurance of civil rights and the “Swinging Sixties.” Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Brownmiller began there besides. It was once a top-notch job––for a girl––at an exhilarating place.
But it used to be a lifeless finish. girls researchers occasionally grew to become journalists, hardly writers, and not editors. Any aspiring woman journalist used to be advised, “If you need to be a author, pass someplace else.”
On March sixteen, 1970, the day Newsweek published a canopy tale at the fledgling feminist circulate entitled “Women in Revolt,” forty-six Newsweek women charged the journal with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was once the 1st lady category motion lawsuit––the first via girls journalists––and it encouraged different girls within the media to speedy keep on with suit.
Lynn Povich used to be one of many ringleaders. In The reliable women Revolt, she evocatively tells the tale of this dramatic turning aspect in the course of the lives of a number of individuals. With heat, humor, and standpoint, she exhibits how own stories and cultural shifts led a gaggle of well-mannered, principally apolitical girls, raised within the Forties and Fifties, to problem their bosses––and what occurred once they did. for plenty of, submitting the go well with was once a radicalizing act that empowered them to “find themselves” and struggle again. Others misplaced their manner amid possibilities, pressures, discouragements, and hostilities they weren’t ready to navigate.
The strong ladies rebel also explores why alterations within the legislation didn’t remedy every thing. throughout the lives of younger girl newshounds at Newsweek today, Lynn Povich indicates what has––and hasn’t––changed within the workplace.
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The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich