It’s easy to forget what great strides have been made toward equality in America when we focus on the divisions that remain. But a book like “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace” details just how far we’ve come.
Lynn Povich’s account details the 1960s in journalism at weekly news magazine “Newsweek.” At that time, the top editors, all men, relegated the women flooding the professional work world to jobs as researchers and maybe reporters but rarely a writer and never an editor.
While the women’s education and talent matched (or often exceeded) their male counterparts’, the “women’s place” was well cemented in clerical-type jobs. With the advent of the 1970s, a push to stand up against and fight back led the women to organize not one but two lawsuits.
Famous writers including Nora Ephron were part of the push. And soon like lawsuits were being filed against The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and other publications. Povich herself went to an illustrious 30-plus year career with Newsweek.