Steinem’s career was launched with explosive 1960s pieces like “A Bunny’s Tale,” an account of her undercover work as a Playboy bunny, and “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation. ” She co-founded Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, and has campaigned for politicians for over sixty years, from George McGovern to Hillary Clinton.
Schlafly, a conservative activist and lawyer, lead the fight against the ratification of the ERA, saying that the passing of the amendment would mean the end of the traditional family.
Journalist and activist Gloria Steinem is likely the most famous American feminist of all time, a woman who continues to lead the movement.
She was one of the first members of the House of Representatives to publicly support gay rights, had a strong anti-war stance, and led President Carter’s National Advisory Commission for Women.
Friedan co-founded and served as the president of the National Organization for Women, and organized 1970’s Strike for Equality.
OJ Simpson, has the dubious honor of unfortunate timeliness–the show depicts the decade-long movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the US Constitution to guarantee equal rights for Americans, regardless of gender.
Schalfly was enormously successful and highly quotable (“Don’t call me miss… it means misery”), and served as an inspiration for a generation of high-profile conservative women like Ann Coulter.
There’s also a stacked cast; the show will feature performers including Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rose Byrne, Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba, legendary comedian Tracey Ullman, and Mad Men’s inimitable John Slattery.
Phil Crane was a conservative congressman from the Schalfly’s home state of Illinois (he served from 1969 until 2005) and one of their strongest political allies in the fight against the ERA.
Chisholm ran for President in 1972, becoming the first Black candidate for a major party’s nomination, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Brenda Feigen-Fasteau was a Harvard-educated lawyer who served as the National Legislative Vice President for NOW, and a co-founder of The Women’s Action Alliance and Ms.
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, winning in New York’s 12th district.
Chairman Phyllis Schlafly leads protesters opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment.
It’s not slated to come out until 2020, so there’s plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the real-life figures featured on the show (unlike the rest of the cast, Paulson and Kayli Carter will play fictional characters).
Fred, born John Fred Schlafly, was a wealthy Illinois lawyer, conservative activist, and ardent anti-communist.
Cate Blanchett is set to portray Phyllis Schlafly, likely the most famous anti-feminist in American history.
He was an enormously influential conservative leader; Crane helped to form the Heritage Foundation, a powerful think tank with findings that affect popular conservative policy to this day.
Louis, an independent Catholic organization designed to “oppose Communism and to promote traditional religious, family, social, and patriotic values. ” She lead the organization until 2012, and died in 2018 at the age of 98.