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 Author Lynn Povich
ISBN-10 1610397460
ISBN-13 9781610397469
Year 2016-09-27
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher PublicAffairs
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It was the 1960s a time of economic boom and social strife Young women poured into the workplace but the Help Wanted ads were segregated by gender and the Mad Men office culture was rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination Lynn Povich was one of the lucky ones landing a job at Newsweek renowned for its cutting edge coverage of civil rights and the Swinging Sixties Nora Ephron Jane Bryant Quinn Ellen Goodman and Susan Brownmiller all started there as well It was a top notch job for a girl at an exciting place But it was a dead end Women researchers sometimes became reporters rarely writers and never editors Any aspiring female journalist was told If you want to be a writer go somewhere else On March 16 1970 the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled Women in Revolt forty six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion It was the first female class action lawsuit the first by women journalists and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit Lynn Povich was one of the ringleaders In The Good Girls Revolt she evocatively tells the story of this dramatic turning point through the lives of several participants With warmth humor and perspective she shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well mannered largely apolitical women raised in the 1940s and 1950s to challenge their bosses and what happened after they did For many filing the suit was a radicalizing act that empowered them to find themselves and fight back Others lost their way amid opportunities pressures discouragements and hostilities they weren t prepared to navigate The Good Girls Revolt also explores why changes in the law didn t solve everything Through the lives of young female journalists at Newsweek today Lynn Povich shows what has and hasn t changed in the workplace

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