The series was inspired by the book “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace,” by Lynn Povich. The book documented a 1970 class action lawsuit – the first of its kind – in which 46 female employees of Newsweek magazine claimed discrimination in the magazine’s hiring and promotion policies. The new series, “inspired by” the book and original story, but not strictly based on the original case, stars Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, and Erin Darke as a fictional group of female researchers at “News of the Week” magazine in the late 1960s. Their eventual request for fair treatment in the workplace, according to Amazon, “sparks convulsive changes and upends marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships.”
The Ebell event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11, includes a screening of the “Good Girls Revolt” pilot episode at 7:30, followed by a panel discussion with series creator Dana Calvo, Oscar-nominated Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall, and Cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck, ASC. Ebell member Amy Vuckovich, the show’s set decorator, notes that the series has “more female department heads…than any of us has ever seen.” In addition to Vuckovich and the others listed above, there are also female assistant directors, costume designers, accountants and location staff.
The show’s focus on female talent, both fictional and behind the scenes, is particularly relevant in this election season, which has placed issues of gender equality and glass ceilings in a white hot spotlight. Calvo told the Buzz that when she began pitching the project two years ago, Amazon executives did realize the show could air during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But Calvo said “nothing prepared us for the Trump hailstorm,” which has made the series’ subject matter even more relevant than anyone could have predicted.
(The “Good Girls Revolt” pilot was released on Amazon in October, 2015. It was given a series green light shortly thereafter, and the first season began production in January, 2016. The first 10 episodes were released on Amazon on October 27, 2016.)
Calvo said the response to the show so far has been “so heartwarming and overwhelming,” noting that she wakes up every morning to a stream of complimentary messages on social media. Many of the notes, she said, are from female journalists who are “just so excited to see themselves reflected on screen.” Calvo said both older and younger women are responding to the show, the younger ones with more “fun, spirited” reactions, while older women, who lived through the period portrayed, “are touched and feel more validated” by the subject matter.
Thanks to a grant from the History for Hire prop house, the Ebell screening and panel discussion is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested at http://www.ebelleventtickets.com/Good-Girls-Revolt-Screening-and-Discussion-FREE-ADMISSION-0476.htm Free parking is available in the large lot across Lucerne from the Ebell.
Good Girls Revolt Screening and Panel Discussion
The Ebell of Los Angeles
741 S. Lucerne Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90005