Cate Blanchett Plays Anti-Feminist
The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were an interesting time in America, there were a lot of challenges and changes to the existing laws, but what the decades highlighted was the struggle of the under represented groups and how they were standing up to the laws and demanding equality. During this time it was about how marginalized people found a voice and made some changes for the good.
Mrs. America on Hulu, is about how women wanted changes made to the laws that would encompass and support women’s right, but there was small group of women who didn’t support the amendments and felt these changes to the law didn’t represent them.
At this time in history there were some incredible characters that helped contribute to these changes in the law, equally there are some unique individuals who also wanted to prevent some of these laws passed. Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Jill Ruckelshaus fought for positive change and conservative Phyllis Schlafly, who Mrs. America is loosely based, looked at keeping the status quo.
Mrs. America is about the fight conservative Phyllis Schafly directed towards the Equal Rights Amendment movement that sought equal rights for woman across the country in numerous aspects of the law and constitution, but Phyllis Schafly didn’t agree and sought to challenge them every step of the way.
With such fascinating characters you could only expect a stellar line up of actors to play the roles. Cate Blanchett playing Phyllis Schafly, Rose Byrne playing Gloria Steinem, Uzo Aduba playing Shirley Chisholm, Tracey Ullman playing Betty Friedan, Elizabeth Banks playing Jill Ruckelshaus, Margo Martindale playing Bella Abzug and guest appearances by Sarah Paulson, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Marsden and Niecy Nash.
The hair, clothes, cars and sets scream late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Mrs. America is a feast for your eyes and the attention to details is second to none. The production value alone makes you realize a lot of effort has gone into making sure no stone is left uncovered when taking the audience on a step back into the past. Very early on you realize Phyllis Schafly is the protagonist, an onerous one at that, but she is also very stylish with an impressive array of outfits that are representative of the era.
Cate Blanchett is impeccable as Phyllis Schafly, who knew Blanchett could play a difficult, slightly backward thinking obstructionist. Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem is just so damn stylish and a joy in every scene. Also a stand out in the series is Uzo Abuda as Shirley Chisholm, the first elected African American woman to the United States Congress.
Mrs. America is about the struggle, the fight and the determination of strong minded women. The story is about how they all seek to change the face of America, whether is be for the better or a step backwards, but it is about conviction, strength and resolve and fighting for what they believe.
Mrs. America is currently streaming on Hulu with new episodes becoming available every Wednesday.
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