Inside Media: Fighting Sexism in the Newsroom

April 20, 2013
Location: Knight TV Studio

Guest: Lynn Povich

On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement titled "Women in Revolt," 46 Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit — the first by female journalists — and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit.

In the new book "The Good Girls Revolt," author Lynn Povich evocatively tells the story of this seminal lawsuit. Through the lives of several participants, she shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women, raised in the 1940s and 1950s, to stand up for their rights — and what happened after they did.

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