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Entertainment BBC's Mrs America: Everything you need to know

17:35  09 april  2020
17:35  09 april  2020 Source:   goodhousekeeping.com

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Cate Blanchett wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Cate Blanchett plays conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly against the equal right's amendment movement in BBC2 and Hulu's historical drama Mrs America. © BBC/Hulu Cate Blanchett plays conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly against the equal right's amendment movement in BBC2 and Hulu's historical drama Mrs America.

Mrs America stars Cate Blanchett as activist and anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, who forcefully opposed the Equal Rights Amendment movement in the 1970s.

The series is told through the eyes of Phyllis Schlafly and the second-wave feminists of the era Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus.

Mrs America: What's it about?

a woman in glasses looking at the camera: Mrs America © BBC/Hulu Mrs America

The drama recounts the 1970s battle to add the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution. That amendment, which states that women cannot be deprived of rights on the basis of sex, was brought down almost singlehandedly by Phyllis Schlafly.

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The conservative wife and mother from middle America fought against the pioneering feminists of the era. She organised the STOP ERA campaign (Stop Taking Our Privileges) and argued that the ERA would take away gender-specific privileges enjoyed by women, including separate public bathrooms for males and females, and exemption from fighting in wars. She also feared that women would lose legal protection which meant women were more likely to be granted custody of their children in divorce.

Schlafly's conservatism was against against abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

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The impressive A-list cast includes Cate as Phyllis, Mad Men's John Slattery as Phyllis's husband Fred, The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus, Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, and Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan.

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Niecy Nash and Sarah Paulson also star.

Mrs America: When's it on TV?

Mrs America launches on Hulu in the US on April 15, and will air on BBC Two later this year.

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