The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Lynn Povich

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It used to be the 1960s––a time of monetary growth and social strife. younger women poured into the place of work, however the “Help sought after” advertisements have been segregated via gender and the “Mad males” place of work tradition used to be rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination.

Lynn Povich used to be one of many fortunate ones, touchdown a task at Newsweek, popular for its state of the art assurance of civil rights and the “Swinging Sixties.” Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Brownmiller started there in addition. It used to be a top-notch job––for a girl––at an exhilarating place.

But it used to be a useless finish. ladies researchers occasionally grew to become newshounds, hardly ever writers, and not editors. Any aspiring lady journalist was once advised, “If you must be a author, cross 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 used to be the 1st woman classification motion lawsuit––the first through girls journalists––and it encouraged different girls within the media to quick stick to suit.

Lynn Povich used to be one of many ringleaders. In The strong ladies Revolt, she evocatively tells the tale of this dramatic turning aspect throughout the lives of numerous contributors. With heat, humor, and viewpoint, she indicates how own reports and cultural shifts led a gaggle of well-mannered, mostly apolitical ladies, raised within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties, to problem their bosses––and what occurred once they did. for lots 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 sturdy ladies insurrection also explores why adjustments within the legislations didn’t resolve every little thing. during the lives of younger girl reporters at Newsweek today, Lynn Povich exhibits what has––and hasn’t––changed within the workplace.

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