Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt: The Second Wave Of Feminism

Good Girls Revolt is a 20th century period drama set in 1960s New York following some young female researchers at news outlet, News Of The Week. Think: New York, the 60s and a journalism outlet filled with males donning slick haircuts and pristine suits. Women are in skimpy outfits whose only reason for existence is to be at every man’s beck and call. Do this, do that; they’re their servants and the façades of the media newsroom isn’t enough to shroud the awful aroma of workplace sexism.

Sexism, sexism everywhere! The girls are used to being under the boot of socially accepted oppression. Nora (Grace Gummer) is a new researcher with a mind of her own and a rebellious streak. She has many ideas about social corruption and the injustices that women suffer in walks of society. During the day-to-day activities of News Of The Week, the sixties is in full force with: rock n roll, peace, love, drugs, alcohol and black rights with the Civil Rights Movement and The Black Panthers.

Equal rights is the name of the that too much to ask? (Good Girl Revolt, Amazon Prime)

Equal rights is the name of the game…is that too much to ask?
(Good Girls Revolt, Amazon Prime)

Basically, women are researchers for the reporters who write news stories based on their research. The researchers do all the hard work and the male reporters reap all the rewards and get a byline. Does that seem fair to you? What’s more, women can’t become reporters at the news outlet because that’s “just how things are.” If you want a show that will make you angry, Good Girls Revolt is a poignant representation of 1960s sexism. Inspired by true events, this when female workers sued their employer for gender discrimination.

With each episode, the show’s equality only increases. The characters and their relationships with other characters are developed and explored. The reporter-researcher tag teams have instances of greatness but more times that will make your blood boil, if you can’t tolerate the disproportionate power allowance (in favour of men) and the institutional oppression against female sex. If you have Amazon, you should certainly get on this. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you should get Amazon Prime and watch this. Man or woman, male or female, it doesn’t matter. If you watch this, you’ll be freaking pissed.

The girls' lawyer, Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant) in Amazon Prime's historical feminist series

The girls’ lawyer, Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant) in Amazon Prime’s historical feminist series
(Good Girls Revolt, Amazon Prime)

Amazon and Netflix have really taken the television circuit by storm, giving us such gems like The Man In The High Castle, The Get Down and Luke Cage. The online providers are miles ahead of their cable competition and Amazon’s latest historical drama Good Girls Revolt shows us that. Season one introduces us to the main three characters: Patti Robinson (Genevieve Angelson), Jane Hollander (Anna Camp) and Cindy Reston (Erin Drake), all victims of a system that excludes them. Furthermore, the show depicts men as villainous yet they have no concept that what they’re doing to their co-workers is wrong. They are just following the norm and that’s how it’s always been.

The show is incredibly well-written and the young cast is surprisingly good. A show like this could have rushed proceedings but the creatives used the full ten episodes to convey a clear and coherent narrative, showing the good and the bad things that women experienced in the 1960s. Season one ends with a press conference detailing the suing of News Of The Week. Even by the end of season one, I do not think they understood what they had started. The second wave of feminism has begun with them, and the shitstorm they created would continue its movements well into the 1970s.

Drunk and high: this is just another Tuesday in 1960s young people's culture (Good Girls Revolt, Amazon Prime)

Drunk and high: this is just another Tuesday in 1960s young people’s culture
(Good Girls Revolt, Amazon Prime)

After seeing Oscar-winning journalism movie Spotlight, I figured I had to see this. Amazon’s journalism drama is must-watch. All the performances are ace and so are stories. But what I liked the best was the sociopolitical and sociocultural side stories and themes relating to: Civil Rights, anti-Vietnam and the Black Panthers. The themes relating to race, gender and politics are where this series wins and I expect Amazon to retain the series’ quality for when they do a second season. They can’t end it here. They just can’t.

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