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Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
Mrs. America features an all-star team in front of and behind the camera. Two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Cate Blanchett headlines as Phyllis Schlafly, leading a stellar cast portraying some of the most iconic women of the era, including Emmy Award nominated Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Emmy Award nominated Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus, and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan. The cast also boasts Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson, Emmy Award nominated John Slattery, Emmy Award nominated Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey and Kayli Carter.
Executive Producers are Emmy Award winner Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), who serves as creator and showrunner, Academy Award nominated Stacey Sher (Django Unchained, Erin Brockovich), Coco Francini, Cate Blanchett and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel, Billions), who directed four of the nine episodes, including the first two.
S1 Episode 109 ‘Reagan’
Gloria, Bella and Jill put pressure on the White House to act on their proposals from the National Women’s Conference. Phyllis prepares to leverage her political victories as the 1980 presidential election draws near. Written by Dahvi Waller & Joshua Allen Griffith; Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 108 ‘Houston’
Alice, Rosemary and Pamela cross into enemy territory at the National Women’s Conference in Houston, where they come face-to-face with Feminist leaders. Written by Dahvi Waller; Directed by Janicza Bravo. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 107 ‘Bella’
Bella is put in charge of the first ever government-funded National Women’s Conference. Phyllis and her women clash over how to best disrupt the conference. Written by Micah Schraft; Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 106 ‘Jill’
With a pro-ERA Republican in the White House, Phyllis protests her own party, which puts her in conflict with Republican Feminist leader, Jill Ruckelshaus. Written by Sharon Hoffman; Directed by Laure de Clermont Tonnere. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 105 ‘Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc’
Phyllis and Fred Schlafly debate superstar Feminist couple Brenda and Marc Feigan-Fasteau on television. Written by Micah Schraft & April Shih; Directed by Laure de Clermont Tonnere. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 104 ‘Betty’
As Stop ERA grows and gains media attention, Betty Friedan, the mother of the Feminist movement, makes it her mission to take down Phyllis. Written by Boo Killebrew; Directed by Amma Asan. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 103 ‘Shirley’
Shirley Chisholm makes a historic run for president, while Gloria struggles to play politics at the DNC. Phyllis takes her new anti-ERA organization national. Written by Tanya Barfield; Directed by Amma Asante. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 102 ‘Gloria’
While Phyllis mobilizes grassroots support in her fight against the ERA, Gloria Steinem fends off Bella Abzug’s attempts to drag her further into the political game. Written by Dahvi Waller; Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
S1 Episode 101 ‘Phyllis’
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly considers another run for Congress, amid the women’s movement’s push for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Written by Dahvi Waller; Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Exclusively FX on Hulu.
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