Mrs. America

Series | English | 1 season (9 episodes). Each episode is between 43 and 50 minutes | Original Release: 2020

Info

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.

Cast
Cate Blanchett (Phyllis Schlafly) / Rose Byrne (Gloria Steinem) / Uzo Aduba (Shirley Chisholm) / Elizabeth Banks (Jill Ruckelshaus) / Margo Martindale (Bella Abzug)
Why Stream This Series?
Today we may question how anybody would be opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment. How could we not support equal rights for women?  Reasonable enough, right? But this brilliant series depicts in  searing ways how one woman, Phyllis Schlafly, vigorously fought against the ERA. But, Schlafly, unknowingly, also spawned the angry American Feminist Movement. Learn all about it in this must-see series. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
  • Metacritic Score: 87
Accolades
  • A New York Times Critic’s Pick
  • “A” rating by IndieWire.
  • Film critics feel the series will surely win many Emmy awards
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.
Sophie Gilbert

The Atlantic

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.
Kristen Lopez

IndieWire

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.
James Poniewozik

The New York Times

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