One of the best series on Amazon Prime recently has been Good Girls Revolt, based on the real court case that happened at Newsweek where female researchers sued over their right to become reporters. Starring Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke and Chris Diamantopoulos, series 1 has just finished. But Amazon has cancelled season 2 and it is currently been shopped around. The show was very well produced and here is why it should stay:
The programme demonstrated well the researchers getting together and planning the court case. It also showed that the girls had something to lose. Patty didn’t tell Doug because she didn’t trust him, Cindy knew that her husband Lenny wouldn’t approve as he wanted her as a housewife. Naomi nearly pulled out as she was going to lose her flat due to her needing her husbands signature but he was away in Vietnam and she was not allowed to be the owner on the mortgage. The irony being that Naomi had put the down entire downpayment on the mortgage. When Jane realised that she wasn’t going to get to write a story by merit, seeing that Gregory saw her as a sex toy and that Fran, a fellow researcher, has been working at News of the Week since she graduated and is now nearing retirement showed that something had to be done.
It wasn’t just women fighting for equal rights. The African – American Civil Rights movement was between 1954 – 1968 and the Black Panther storyline where Doug is questioned on his white privilege was reminding viewers of african americans fighting to end racial segregation and discrimination.
At News of the Week, women couldn’t be reporters (they could elsewhere). If a reporter quit before the deadline the female reporters could finish it however the male reporter’s name would be on the byline. Women were expected in the office to make the men tea and coffee as well as research. The male reporters and even the Editor in Chief would make sexist jokes and remarks about the females. One memorable scene where the male reporters and Finn are choosing the photograph for the front page of the female liberation movement and they keep making lots of crass comments about the different females images they were looking at.
The researchers couldn’t go out to the meetings (which were dominated by men anyway). Men were paid a lot more than women – this was demonstrated well in the show where Patty remarks that Doug is paid three times more than she is. Cindy steals the sheet which details the staff’s wages which by the girls expression shows that they were very underpaid compared to the men. The workplace may have changed in having women work but still that support for working women with children was not quite there. Shown by Angie who takes her Vera, her sick child, to work and hides Vera underneath her desk.
In the second episode we see Patty answering a knock on the door by her younger sister. Her sister has come to tell her that she is recently engaged and invites Patty to a meal at their parents house. Patty laments the fact to Doug (amongst others) how her sister wanted to be a painter and travel across Europe but now wants to be a wife and Patty feels that it is a waste. When her sister confronts Patty and tells her that that is not her dream anymore and that it is ok to be a wife. We learn as a viewer that it is ok to want to be a wife and stay at home parent as long as you make that choice and not have someone make it for you.
Patty who desperately wants to be a journalist messed up an article that Doug said she could write on his behalf (you could argue was due to the fact that she has never been able to write articles before). This humanises Patty, stops her being the perfect super girl the programme was up to this point was in danger of her making. Sam messed up an interview which was saved by Jane. Gabriel had Denise helped him research and write an article he wouldn’t have written without. This enhances the girls contributions to the newsroom.
When Angie finds herself pregnant, Cindy rallies the girls round and they all pitch in to pay for her to have an abortion. Cindy accompanies Angie to the abortion clinic and this is when we learn that Cindy herself as had an abortion at that same clinic. This touching, delicate storyline was shot with upmost dignity and a poignant reminder that many women still face this situation today.
Cindy looks like a girl who wouldn’t hurt a fly however there is this inner strength that she has and is portrayed brilliantly. From planning the court case with Patty, having an abortion, confronting her husband about him purposely piercing her diaphragm and approaching Bea by flying out on her own from New York to Washington and leaving her husband. Cindy knows what she wants and will work at it until she gets it.
I am talking about Patty and Finn and Cindy and Ned. Both were taken advantage off emotionally however they succumbed to this and ultimately they are old and wise enough to know what they are doing.
I really enjoyed the programme and it has so much more to give. This was evidently seen in the last episode where Finn finds out Patty is part of the court case and the fall out from this, Cindy leaving her husband behind, Jane handing back her cheque for her rent to her father as she wants to make it on her own. You could tell those scenes were being keyed up for a next series. The fact that Amazon cancelled the show just after one series is so disappointing.
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