The show, a total gift to watch, is based on the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution in the early Seventies. The fictionalised plot pits women’s-liberation activists (“libbers” to the opposition) including Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug against traditionalists, led by Phyllis Schlafly.
Even if you were to watch the show on mute, you’d know who’s on which side by their style. The housewives resemble a fleet of petit-fours in their pastel suits and neat little dresses; the feminists all underscore their modernity with makeup-free faces, natural hairstyles, flared jeans and ‘70s accessories. Campaigning may have been Steinem et al’s priority, but their individuality shone through in their self-presentation.
What’s remarkable about the show is how contemporary the costumes and arguments sound. Women in the political sphere still face similar expectations regarding propriety as did the characters depicted on the show. (Lookalike Fox News anchors and Republican spokeswomen may have traded the pastels for jewel tones, but don’t look far off from Schlafly and her fleet of housewives.) And Steinem’s aviator glasses, waistcoats, miniskirts and flared jeans look just right for now.
Want to channel Mrs America style without looking like you’re in costume? Read on for four styling tips to take from the show.
1. Make statement spectacles a signature
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