Mrs. America tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly. Through the eyes of the women of that era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape.
Season 1, Episode 01 – “Phyllis”
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly considers another run for Congress, amid the women’s movement’s push for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Season 1, Episode 02 – “Gloria”
While Phyllis mobilizes grassroots support in her fight against the ERA, Gloria Steinem fends off Bella Abzug’s attempts to drag her further into the political game.
Season 1, Episode 03 – “Shirley”
Shirley Chisholm makes a historic run for president, while Gloria struggles to play politics at the DNC. Phyllis takes her new anti-ERA organization national.
Season 1, Episode 04 – “Betty”
As Stop ERA grows and gains media attention, Betty Friedan, the mother of the Feminist movement, makes it her mission to take down Phyllis.
Season 1, Episode 05 – “Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc”
Phyllis and Fred Schlafly debate superstar Feminist couple Brenda and Marc Feigan-Fasteau on television.
Season 1, Episode 06 – “Jill”
With a pro-ERA Republican in the White House, Phyllis protests her own party, which puts her in conflict with Republican Feminist leader, Jill Ruckelshaus.
Season 1, Episode 07 – “Bella”
Bella is put in charge of the first ever government-funded National Women’s Conference. Phyllis and her women clash over how to best disrupt the conference.
Season 1, Episode 08 – “Houston”
Alice, Rosemary and Pamela cross into enemy territory at the National Women’s Conference in Houston, where they come face-to-face with Feminist leaders.
Season 1, Episode 09 – “Reagan”
Gloria, Bella and Jill put pressure on the White House to act on their proposals from the National Women’s Conference. Phyllis prepares to leverage her political victories as the 1980 presidential election draws near.
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