The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich

This book has been on my to-read list for more than a year. With the release of the new Amazon series , I figured it was time to make it the next read.

The series is a fictionalized account with the names changed but this is non-fiction and written by one of the women involved in the lawsuit. Inspired by current Newsweek employees, this book ties the experience of the original plaintiffs to where we stand today in the workplace while giving a firsthand account of what happened back in 1970.

Some things that I can totally appreciate about this book:

  • including that some of us need the moment when it “click”s – we aren’t all born as or raised to be feminists, sometimes it just clicks one day that the way it’s always been isn’t the way that best and there’s no going back after that
  • sometimes it takes a long time to get mad enough to speak up, revolt, or otherwise insist upon what we want
  • some “good girls” may be feminists, but some of us will never reach “radical” and that’s just fine. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t a valuable part of the movement.

There were also several great quotable moments, here are my top three:

Doing the story, it was fascinating to dive back to its beginnings and understand how feminism was—and is—such a necessary term to use and to espouse.

 

The women’s movement is an incomplete revolution. Many issues remain unsolved for this generation, including the continuing stereotyping of women, the increasing sexualization of society, and the infighting that still exists in the women’s movement.

 

Some of it is prejudice and some of it is reality. If husbands don’t change their roles, if family structure doesn’t change, and if corporate attitude toward families doesn’t change, then women are in a lose-lose situation.

This is a great book for any modern feminist to read. It’s important to learn the herstory that has brought us to where we are and a range of tactics for how to further improve the path to success.

Also, here’s the trailor to the show that this book inspired, I watched the first episode and LOVED it!

Next up is Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), get it at your local library or my astore!

 

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