Saturday, April 11, 2020

Most important political organizer in American history

The NY Times reviews the forthcoming Mrs. America Hulu series:
Rick Perlstein, a historian of the American right and the author of the forthcoming book “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” called Schlafly “probably the most brilliant and important political organizer in American history.”

What Schlafly understood, Blanchett said, was that many American women did not see feminism as the answer to their problems.

“Women who had been working, in a traditional way, in the home, felt judged and marginalized,” Blanchett said. “They felt that they had been told by the feminists that they were less-than.” Schlafly harnessed this contempt with great success. But she was never able to gain a foothold in the Republican establishment.

“Mrs. America” paints its leading lady not as a villain but a plausible female version of that hoariest of contemporary TV conventions: the antihero.
The show will release the first three episode April 15 on Hulu.

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