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Women On Top
In Conversation With Melissa Long, Anchor, WXIA-TV
The Good Girls Revolt! How The Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor in the history of Newsweek, tells the unknown story of a landmark sex discrimination suit brought by 46 young women at Newsweek against the magazine in 1970. t 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."
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.
When We Were Free to Be Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made
If you grew up or raised children during the era of mood rings and lava lamps, you probably re member Free to Be . . . You and Me"the ground breaking children"s record, book, and television special that debuted in 1972. Conceived by actress Marlo Thomas and promoted by Ms. Magazine, it inspired generations of girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation, respect diversity, and reach for any dream.
In this lively collection, 32 contribu tors explore the creation and legacy of this clas sic. The book offers an insiders" account of Free to Be"s history by the original creators, activists, and educators who changed the landscape of child hood nationwide. Many were Jewish women at the forefront of the women"s movement, includ ing Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Gloria Steinem. Moreover, a large proportion of "Free to Be" kids lived in Jew ish households across the country. Together, the book"s editors and contributors combine personal narrative, cultural critique, and historical analysis to address how progressive children"s media still speaks to families today.
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