Last month, I found myself giddy over a new show. A vitriolic election season was getting me down and this show was exactly what the doctor ordered. The performances were solid, it was beautifully produced, the soundtrack rocked, and then the character of young Nora Ephron walked in. SOLD.
Over the next ten episodes – which I forced myself not to watch all at once because I did not want it to end – I fell in love. I cared about the characters. I was inspired. I wanted to go out and buy myself some vintage outfits. Sure it was lighthearted, but it was important.
That show – Good Girls Revolt – was recently (and regrettably) dropped by Amazon. There’s hope that another network or platform will pick it up, but right now the future of the show is uncertain. There’s some buzz around why the show was cancelled, including whether or not any women had a say in the decision. (That said, the NY Times critic didn’t share my enthusiasm, maybe most people just didn’t like it). Regardless of the reason , it’s a serious bummer.
We’ve all heard about the gender disparities in Hollywood, know about the gender wage gap (even in women-friendly industries like the arts), and we’re about to have a President whose behavior towards and ideas about women are – at best – dubious.
It’s hard out here for a girl. It’s one of the many reasons I was so tickled pink (not the stereotypical kind) to see a show take a dynamic, accessible approach to feminism. Hopefully it’ll be picked up elsewhere (#SaveGoodGirlsRevolt), but if you’re in need of some girl power today, try one of these:
- Tell a woman in your life what you love about her
- Compliment a lady-stranger
- Pick up a book by a female author (maybe this one)
- Listen to some tunes by a female musician
- Get involved with a local women’s organization, or start one of your own
- Google “quotes by strong women in history”
Here’s a couple from the trailblazing Shirley Chisholm (a fellow Brooklyn College alum):
“At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”
“I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.”