Hulu’s ‘Mrs. America’ is a captivating portrait of female ambition

Hulu's 'Mrs. America' is a captivating portrait of female ambition

At this point, it hardly seems worth saying that America has long had an uncomfortable view of female ambition. Not because it’s untrue, but because it’s so obvious as to seem almost meaningless. 

What’s more challenging, and more interesting, is to consider what that means in practice — what forms this unease takes, how it’s enforced implicitly and explicitly, how women have shaped their lives around it, and what there is to be done about it. That’s where Mrs. America dives in.

Created by Davhi Waller (Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire), the Hulu series dramatizes the 1970s battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) and her army of conservative white housewives stand on one side; second-wave feminists like Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), and Betty Friedan (Tracy Ullman) on the other. Read more…

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