New TV drama Mrs America is based on a true story and stars Cate Blanchett as a political activist who was vehemently opposed to the women’s liberation movement.
Phyllis Schlafly was a powerhouse of a woman who became known in the 1970s for her outspoken opposition to America’s Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA.
Here’s what you need to know about the series
When is Mrs America on BBC Two?
In the USA, the drama premiered on the streaming service Hulu on 15th April 2020. In the UK, it’s set to air on BBC Two from Wednesday 8th July at 9pm, launching with a double-bill.
Mrs America trailer
You can watch a dramatic teaser for the series – showcasing its fantastic ensemble cast – below.
What is Mrs America about?
The series is based on real events – follow the link for more details on the Mrs America true story.
Phyllis Schlafly believed giving equal rights to women would cause more harm than good, as they would then be expected to fight in wars and would lose the right to separate public bathrooms. She also feared that if the bill was ratified and discrimination was banned on grounds of gender, women would also lose the legal protection that meant divorced mothers were usually granted custody of their children.
Somewhat ironically, given her fierce work ethic and her drive to campaign across the country, she advocated and celebrated the traditional and conservative image of a happy housewife living in domestic bliss.
Her campaign was known as STOP (Stop Taking Our Privileges) ERA and she successfully derailed the amendment and caused a whole hoopla of controversy in the process.
Married to wealthy corporate lawyer Fred Schlafly (played by John Slattery in the show), the couple had six children and Phyllis often began speeches by thanking her husband for allowing her to come.
For more insights on the series, read our Mrs America review.
Mrs America cast
Alongside Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly, there’s a whole host of brilliant female actors making up the Mrs America cast including Rose Byrne (Peter Rabbit, Bridesmaids) as feminist Gloria Steinem and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) as Shirley Chisholm, who was the first black woman to be elected to the United States Congress.
Also look out for Tracey Ullman as Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan, and The Hunger Games actor Elizabeth Banks as pro-ERA politician Jill Ruckelshaus.
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