Series | English | 1 season (9 episodes). Each episode is between 43 and 50 minutes | Original Release: 2020
The series begins in the early ’70s when politicians were furiously fighting for and against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Phyliss Schlafly is a conservative housewife with six kids, virulently anti-Communist and with ambitions to run for Congress. One day, her friend Alice Macray, tells Schlafly about the proposed ERA that’s being debated around the country. Although passed by both houses of Congress, the Amendment must also be ratified by 38 states. Schlafly is furious. She now shifts gears from being an anti-Communist to being anti-Feminist. Schlafly feels the ERA will marginalize housewives, affect women’s rights for alimony, child custody, and even subject women to the draft. Meanwhile, fighting vigorously for passage of the ERA are outspoken and articulate feminists like Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, and Jill Ruckelshaus. At this time, the feminists pay little attention to Schlafly. They assume the amendment will quickly be ratified by 38 states. But the feminists underestimate Schlafly. The fight for passage of the ERA fails. Instead, twenty five states passed laws that covered some of the provisions of the ERA. Many historians attributed the failure of the ERA directly to Phyllis Schlafly.
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- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
- Metacritic Score: 87
A New York Times Critic’s Pick
“A” rating by IndieWire.
Film critics feel the series will surely win many Emmy awards
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A striking new series reveals the conservative author’s deep impact on contemporary politics. MRS. AMERICA is maybe the first great television series of 2020, a project that manages to capture the complicated essence of real characters while telling a story at both micro and macro levels.
Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne anchor a must-see trip to the past. MRS. AMERICA is a show that will leave you thinking and, if you’re a femme, questing for a revolution.
Packed with stunning performances, the limited series tells a sweeping story of women’s rights revolutionaries—and a formidable counterrevolutionary. The show is smitten with its subjects, but in a clear-eyed way, awed but not overawed. MRS. AMERICA is a disco ball packed with TNT, a pop-literate political drama that’s not too cool to be optimistic, not too triumphalist to lay down a challenge to its country today. You’ve come a long way, baby, it tells America, but not always in a straight line, and not necessarily forward.
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