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The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace Hardcover – September 10, 2012
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"The Good Girls Revolt is as compelling as any novel, and also an accurate, intimate history of new women journalists invading the male journalistic world of the 1970s. Lynn Povich turns this epic revolt into a lesson on why and how we've just begun."
New York Times
“The personal and the political are deftly interwoven in the fast-moving narrative…. The Good Girls Revolt has many timely lessons for working women who are concerned about discrimination today….But this sparkling, informative book may help move these goals a tiny bit closer.”
American Journalism Review
Liesl Schillinger, New York Times
“Women still have a long way to go, the journalist Lynn Povich rousingly reminds readers in The Good Girls Revolt, her fascinating (and long overdue) history of the class-action lawsuit undertaken by four dozen female researchers and underlings at Newsweek magazine four decades ago…. If ever a book could remind women to keep their white gloves off and to keep fighting the good fight, this is the one.”
“With vivid recollections of the author and major and minor participants, Povich, a party to the suit, succeeds in making recent history enraging, poignant, and even sexy.”
About the Author
Lynn Povich began her career at Newsweek as a secretary. In 1975 she became the first woman senior editor in the magazine’s history. Since leaving Newsweek in 1991, Povich has been editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine and managing editor/senior executive producer for MSNBC.Com. Winner of the prestigious Matrix Award, Povich edited a book of columns by her father, famed Washington Post sports journalist Shirley Povich. She is married to Stephen Shepard, former editor-in-chief of Business Week and founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. They have two children.
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At that time salaries were so hush hush management didn't want anyone to know how much people were paid. If I were you starting out I would ask for 1.5 Times more than offered because then you'll get paid the same as a man. The phrase that stuck in my head even after the women were promoted that they were offered so much less than a man in the same position.
I liked this book a lot. We may have a long way to go, but as a woman who lived through the 70's I have to say that most people have forgotten how bad it was, and what it took to change it. This book does a lot to remind us of that and to remind us of the sexism that was so common in the media, that Gloria Steinem was described as a liberated woman in spite of being chic, smart and attractive.
The book also talks about some of the problems of today's young women who sometimes face problems in the workplace without the women's movement. Time to retire the phrase "I'm not a feminist but..."
I have zero clue how they got the show from this insanely boring book, it reads like someone reading the minutes back from a previous meeting which no one attended and the cookies were stale.
Which is insane because the subject matter is extremely interesting. I would have given it one star, but to be honest I still haven't finished it. And I'm hopeful that it will get better and earn that second star. I will update as needed,