The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace ~ Lynn Povich (2016)

❤️❤️❤️ In 1970, the 2nd Wave of the Feminist Movement was beginning to gain traction. The women at Newsweek had the ironic job of helping to publish a news magazine describing the activists’ positions, while being subject to sexism at the office. Talented women were kept in “female ghettos” of research and “copy girls”, secretarial and typing pools, told that they would “never make it as a writer at Newsweek”. Lynn Povich was one such woman, who describes the civil suit brought by women working at the magazine against the magazine. Following the stories and lives of several of the women who agitated at their workplace, Povich describes the situation at Newsweek in the 1960s that led to the 1970 lawsuit. She compares the prevailing sentiments at the time and compares them to the challenges women face in the workforce today. As a working woman, I was inspired by the work these women did and feel grateful for the road that they paved for me, and women like me. Upon reading Povich’s books, I feel duty-bound to continue their work, leaving the workforce a more hospitable environment for the women who come after me. This book is definitely worth reading, especially for those with an interest in the women’s movement, in labour law, or in Human Resources. The book is approachable and vibrantly detailed. (304 pgs)

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