- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; Media Tie In edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610397460
- ISBN-13: 978-1610397469
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The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace Paperback – September 27, 2016
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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."―Gloria Steinem
"A meticulously reported and highly readable account of a pivotal time in the women's movement."―Jeannette Walls
"Povich's in-depth research, narrative skills and eyewitness observations provide an entertaining and edifying look at a pivotal event in women's history."―Kirkus
"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."―New York Times
"Solidly researched and should interest readers who care about feminist history and how gender issues play out in the culture."―Boston Globe
"Povich's memoir of the tortuous, landmark battle that paved the way for a generation of female writers and editors is illuminating in its details [and] casts valuable perspective on a trail-blazing case that shouldn't be forgotten."―Macleans
"[Povich] strikes a fair tone, neither naïve nor sanctimonious.... Among her achievements is a complex portrait of Newsweek Editor Osborn Elliott and his path from defensive adversary to understanding ally."―American Journalism Review
"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."―Liesl Schillinger, New York Times
"Crisp, revealing.... [A] taut, firsthand account of how a group of razor-sharp, courageous women successfully fought back against institutional sexism at one of the country's most esteemed publications."―Washingtonian
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.
Of course there is a lot of American history in the last 70 years that is outside the scope of this book. But within the narrow slice of history that is covered by this book, the story told is vivid and nuanced simultaneously. You are right in the trenches on one hand, and have a birds eye view on the other hand. What was it like in the middle of the action? Why does what happened matter twenty or fifty years later? Not many books present both points of view at all. Far fewer present either point of view compellingly. This book presented both points of view in compelling narrative. Although it is a long complicated story, the writing is clear, easy to follow, and sustains reader interest. The enormous cast of characters are not easy to remember by name, but each time one reappears we are reminded of that person's role in the ongoing drama with a very brief recap.
Other similar economical writing techniques make this complicated story flow well for the reader.
A shorter book would have been incomplete.
But unlike their male colleagues who had the exact same credentials as the women (minus the pearls), they were relegated to dead-end research (fact-checking) jobs that were low in pay and prestige.
Lynn Povich (sister of Maury and daughter of legendary Washington Post sportswriter Shirley) was among the several dozen women who bucked up their courage to sue their employer for unfair and discriminatory employment practices. The good girls revolted! This was one of the earthquakes of feminism, and the men never saw it coming.
Povich compellingly recounts the events in an easy-to-read style--quite a feat for what is essentially a history book. Every woman should read this book. Because guess what? Sexism is alive and well in the workplace today.