The Good Girls Revolt

The Good Girls Revolt

How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Book - 2012
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On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement, forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit, and it inspired other women in the media to follow suit. Povich was one of the ringleaders. She tells the story of this dramatic turning point through the lives of several participants, and shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women to challenge their bosses-- and what happened after they did.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012.
ISBN: 9781610391733
161039173X
Characteristics: xx, 249 p., [12] p. of plates :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Mar 07, 2018

After watching the series Good Girls Revolt on Amazon, I wanted to read the backstory.

I stopped reading after the prologue and picked the book back up again because I've run out of times I can renew. The rest of the book was fascinating. It tells the story of gutsy women in the 1970s who took on Newsweek's good ole boy culture. There's a lot of Mad Man fascination with what work environments were like back in the day. I was a young career woman then, and I can assure you ~ as Lynn Povich explains ~ it wasn't fun for the women. It was hell.

Sexual harassment and discrimination were rampant. Most women didn't have access to pro bono top legal talent like Eleanor Holmes Norton to take on our bosses for us.

I was sad to read that the rewards of the lawsuit didn't materialize for most of the women. The rewards were reaped by reporters like Anna Quindlen who arrived on the scene later. She called the lawsuit the "gift that keeps on giving."

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tells about the largely forgotten by history but influential sex discrimination lawsuit at Newsweek in the '70s. Povich carefully frames the Mad Men style culture that was pervasive at Newsweek and other news magazines, and the "click" moment that showed the so-called "newshens" that they could speak up for their rights.
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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tells about the largely forgotten by history but influential sex discrimination lawsuit at Newsweek in the '70s. Povich carefully frames the Mad Men style culture that was pervasive at Newsweek and other news magazines, and the "click" moment that showed the so-called "newshens" that they could speak up for their rights.

lib_apart May 12, 2014

Tells about the largely forgotten by history but influential sex discrimination lawsuit at Newsweek in the '70s. Povich carefully frames the Mad Men style culture that was pervasive at Newsweek and other news magazines, and the "click" moment that showed the so-called "newshens" that they could speak up for their rights.

Cdnbookworm Oct 21, 2012

The story of the women of Newsweek began in the sixties, but continues into the present. Lynn follows the development of the case from its inception through its public unveiling to subsequent cases and slow change at the newsmagazine. While she was beginning to write this, she was approached by women working at Newsweek in the early twenty-first century, who were still feeling unfairness in the workplace and had just discovered the historic case. This present situation became part of the story included here, and brings in the changes, and gaps that still exist 42 years later. This was a landmark case for women's rights, and one of the interesting elements is the reaction by women both then and now to the term feminism. Among women today, there is a lack of knowledge of the history that partly explains this, but there is also a mindset among many women across time about what feminism is.
A very interesting book, about an important historical change that had long lasting impact on the workplace.

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