The Good Girls Revolt

How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Author: Lynn Povich

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610391748

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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It was the 1960s--a time of economic boom and social strife. Young women poured into the workplace, but the "Help Wanted" ads were segregated by gender and the "Mad Men" office culture was rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination. Lynn Povich was one of the lucky ones, landing a job at Newsweek, renowned for its cutting-edge coverage of civil rights and the "Swinging Sixties." Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Brownmiller all started there as well. It was a top-notch job--for a girl--at an exciting place. But it was a dead end. Women researchers sometimes became reporters, rarely writers, and never editors. Any aspiring female journalist was told, "If you want to be a writer, go somewhere else." On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled "Women in Revolt," forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit--the first by women journalists--and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit. Lynn Povich was one of the ringleaders. In The Good Girls Revolt, she evocatively tells the story of this dramatic turning point through the lives of several participants. With warmth, humor, and perspective, she shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women, raised in the 1940s and 1950s, to challenge their bosses--and what happened after they did. For many, filing the suit was a radicalizing act that empowered them to "find themselves" and fight back. Others lost their way amid opportunities, pressures, discouragements, and hostilities they weren't prepared to navigate. The Good Girls Revolt also explores why changes in the law didn't solve everything. Through the lives of young female journalists at Newsweek today, Lynn Povich shows what has--and hasn't--changed in the workplace.


How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life

Author: Chris Farrell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society. The old idea of "retirement"--a word that means withdrawal, describing a time when people gave up productive employment and shrank their activities--was a short-lived historical anomaly. Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community, Farrell notes, and the boomer generation, poised to live longer in better health than any before, is already discovering unretirement--extending their working lives with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom--and importantly, their continued earnings--will enrich the American workplace, treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come. Unretirement not only explains this seismic change, now in its early stages, it provides key insights and practical advice for boomers about to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, new frontier, drawing on Chris Farrell's decades of covering personal finance and economics for Bloomsberg Businessweek and Marketplace Money. This will be an indispensable guide to the landscape of unretirement from one of America's most trusted experts.

Peanuts and American Culture

Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip

Author: Peter W.Y. Lee

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476636370

Category: History

Page: 211

View: 5598


Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz insisted good ol' Charlie Brown and his friends were neither "great art" nor "significant." Yet Schulz's acclaimed daily comic strip--syndicated in thousands of newspapers over five decades--brilliantly mirrored tensions in American society during the second half of the 20th century. Focusing on the strip's Cold War roots, this collection of new essays explores existentialism, the reshaping of the nuclear family, the Civil Rights Movement, 1960s counterculture, feminism, psychiatry and fear of the bomb. Chapters focus on the development of Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Franklin, Shermy, Snoopy and the other characters that became American icons.

Beauty, Brains, Influence

Helping Teen Girls and Young Women Gain Confidence and Thrive

Author: Dani LaRoche

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483693155

Category: Self-Help

Page: 102

View: 7553


In our materialistic and technology obsessed society, the younger generation find themselves overwhelmed and pressured to perform, acquire, and obtain instant gratification. As a result, we are witnessing an alienation and detachment among our youth. Most young women dream about finding the right boyfriend, having the perfect body, wearing the latest styles and the ideal career. The author’s objective is to empower young women, intrinsically, while challenging the belief that fulfillment and purpose exist outside of us. Dani LaRoche has spoken and mentored many young women and teen girls who feel a profound sense of loss. Loss of innocence, identity and purpose. In this honest and heartfelt book, no stone is left unturned. She writes on how to survive a break up, competition and jealousy from other girls, how to become assertive, not aggressive; to the epidemic of bullying, “drama”, teen pregnancy, anxiety and depression. In the end, what matters most are love, respect and self-actualization. LaRoche tackles myriad issues that affect young women today. This book is full of compassion and offers solutions to problems not only affecting young women, but society in general. Both the young and the old can benefit and glean wisdom and illumination from this read.