The Good Girls Revolt

PublicAffairs  2013


On March 16, 1970, forty-six Newsweek women filed an EEOC complaint against the magazine for sex discrimination, the first women in the media to sue. In The Good Girls Revolt, Lynn Povich, who became Newsweek’s first female senior editor, evocatively tells the story of this unknown landmark lawsuit. She shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women to stand up for their rights––and what happened after they did. For many, filing the suit was a radicalizing act that empowered them to “find themselves.” Others lost their way in a landscape of opportunities, discouragements, and hostilities they weren’t prepared for. With warmth, humor, and perspective, Povich explores the untold story of an uprising that transformed the Mad Men office culture: its bittersweet impact on the women involved, and what has—and hasn’t—changed for women in the workplace.

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