The inspiration behind the Amazon original series
It 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.” On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled “Women in Revolt,” forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit - the first by women journalists - and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit. Lynn Povich was one of the ringleaders.
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.
©2012 Lynn Povich (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I liked the story. informative and we'll written. it caught a moment in history. The narration was very hard to listen to, like a computerized robo-call voice. I finally sped up the narration so I could just get through it.
Women in the 60's take charge of the sexism that is keeping them down. Newsweek was a hotbed of good writing but it was only the men who were allowed to be reporters. The women were relegated to the research and the drafting. Sometimes their work was taken as it was written and published by the men. Not fair! Well, no it wasn't fair and the women decided to do something about it. This book is about the women at Newsweek who joined the group to sue Newsweek for fair treatment. It was done as a group and took some time to convince everyone that talking to management would not fix the problem or else there would be no problem. They went to the ACLU and were met by Eleanor Norton Holmes, then a young attorney starting out. She convinced the women that they must get a backbone and be willing to stay the course. The book is compelling and the fact that many women lived the sexism that was the 1960's and even 1970's makes it relevant to today's working world. Nothing is freely given and that is why in 2016 a women earns about 3/4 of what a man is paid. So, women need to look around them and decide if they want to continue being underpaid for the same job, or even passed over in favor of a less qualified man, or do they want to take charge and fight for equal rights. I think equal rights are long overdue but I was a working woman in the 60's and could related to this book in every way. The narrator did a good job.
[SPOILER for those watching the TV series based on this book!]
The horrible irony is the book was written recently about events of the 1970s after Newsweek staff noticed they had fallen into the same sexist habits they thought they had resolved.
Anyone. Who could read. More than four. Syllables. Without taking. A pause.
This is the most stilted narration I've ever heard, which made it difficult to finish.
The title might be even more interesting with a male voice.
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I hoped for more from this book. It was a little too focused on names and dates and less on narrative. It was also a little too self congratulatory.
My biggest complaint was the narrator, however. She seemed to struggle to pronounce some last names of major characters. Most frustratingly, no one corrected her multiple mispronunciations of Barnard College. (It's "BAR-nard", not "ber-NARD".)
Great story and a very detailed and accurate portrayal of this important change for women. Although the book was wonderful, perhaps it is meant to be read in a book because all of the women's names get very confusing.
The narration of this book is so poor that I'm struggling to make it through the whole audio book...and I really wanted to "read" this book. The narrator reads in a monotonous voice with so many pauses, it makes it difficult to follow the story. It's like listening to the worst stereotype of underfunded public radio. :-/
After seeing the race reviews of the shows I thought I'd check this out. Maybe it's not the right book for Audible. I found it to be a little slow and lacking direction. It was still interesting from a historical perspective, but...meh.
I like postmodernism and parody and poetic language.
Good, but I was hoping for an opus of details and difficulties. Over far too soon (damn those journalistic writers with tight copy).
"Turned the audiobook off after four minutes"
Although I love the premise of this story, I only listened to four minutes of this audiobook before turning it off. The narrator's speech is not fluent - her placement of pauses and use of intonation are distracting and confusing. I almost get the sense that text-to-speech software has been used, or that the narrator has been reading absentmindedly without actually thinking about the content. I became so aware of the style of narration that I could not follow the story.
(01:25) "She had started as an intern on the magazine [?] [pause] in January [?] [pause] 2006 [pause] and was about to be hired [pause] when three guys showed up for summer internships."
In over a year of using Audible, this is the first audiobook that I have considered returning.
"Too many names"
Interesting history/herstory but too many names and numbers. Would have liked a more philosophical view and more on what was happening in society at the same time.
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