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The Show Every Feminist Needs To Watch Right Now

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After binge watching Stranger Things in July, the only show I’ve “Netflix and chilled” to was reruns of Friends because no new shows on TV or internet have caught my eye. That is until I saw the trailer for Good Girls Revolt, an Amazon original series, pop up on my Instagram feed.

Amazon kept me glued to my couch when they released the first 10 episode season October 28th.

Set in 1969, Good Girls Revolt features a group of women in their twenties working at a fictional magazine called News of the Week in New York City as they try to fight for their “right to write.”  Drugs, sex, the fashion of the 1960’s-70’s, women our age passionate about journalism and confident feminists starting their own revolution?! This show has all the drama you would want wrapped up into 50-minute episodes.

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Reporter Doug (played by Hunter Parrish) and researcher Patti (played by Genevieve Angelson) dance the night away in 1970 at Patti’s birthday.

The cast features strong female leads like leading lady Genevieve Angelson who makes her Amazon debut as a cool hippie named Patti that leads the revolt against the magazine with her determination to be a reporter instead of just a “researcher.”  Patti will have you wishing to raid her closet in every sceneMeryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer who plays famous journalist Nora Ephron.  Joy Bryant (Parenthood) stars as the inspiring lawyer for the revolt and gives clarity to the girls about their rights and situation at the magazine. Bryant is total #WCW material as she breaks down issues that are still current today and makes women (in the show and us as viewers) feel empowered.

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Good Girls Revolt’s powerful women cast from left to right: Joy Bryant, Anna Camp, Genevieve Angelson, Grace Gummer, and Erin Darke.

Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer who plays famous journalist Nora Ephron and Erin Darke whose character struggles as a 60’s housewife.  Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) plays a determined goody-two-shoes who isn’t afraid to try new things and looks gorgeous in the 60’s attire. We see her character hesitantly experience the free-spirited 70’s by throwing her V-card out the window.

The show also has a fresh-faced male cast.  The only person I recognized was According to Jim’s Jim Belushi and after awhile Hunter Parrish (Weeds). Parrish looks all grown up from when I previously saw him on the screen 10 years ago in the movie RV where he played a dorky teen.

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Hunter Parrish (III) plays Doug Rhodes, a passionate risk-taking journalist, on ‘Good Girls Revolt.’

 

The women work as “researchers” at News of the Week finding information for their male reporters on the story the reporter is writing. With a passion for journalism just as strong (if not stronger than) the men’s, the women are fed up with not being able to write their own pieces for the magazine and with the large gap in pay.  Patti is floored when she realizes her reporter boyfriend Doug (played by Parrish) gets paid almost three times what she makes.  The girls decide they need a change.

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The girls watch Nora Ephron (actual journalist and feminist from the 1960’s) played by Grace Gummer (left) leave News of the Week magazine in the show because they don’t let her write articles.

Good Girls Revolt will inspire women everywhere with their quest to equality in the newsroom and warm hearts with the tale of friendship and love in the 1970’s. Cancel your weekend plans and grab your feminist girlfriends for the binge-worthy series we have all been waiting for this Fall. 

 

Editorial Contributor, Clark College

Major: Journalism
Her heart belongs to: Her cat, anything that sparkles, and a good mystery novel
Take her away to: a west coast beach with a soccer ball or Mackinac Island, MI

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