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The Martha Mitchell Effect

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

White House Cabinet wife seeks truth; language; violence.

Movie PG 2022 40 minutes
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Calling all history buffs to watch this stirring documentary about a woman's life during a notable bygone era. "A political wife isn't like a normal person that can do and say what they please," says Martha Mitchell in The Martha Mitchell Effect. "But I do say what I please." Speaking her mind sets Martha Mitchell apart from the usual Washington, D.C. social scene as seen through the lens of original interviews and archival footage and photos. The community was "run by White men at the White House," recalls journalist Connie Chung, "and men at every single Cabinet level."

Cabinet team member Dwight Chapin, Deputy Assistant to U.S President Richard M. Nixon, remarks that "if Martha was coming to dinner at the White House people were on alert. Women were more reserved then, but not Martha. It wasn't that [Nixon] didn't like women. It was that he didn't like loud women." The legacy of Martha Mitchell's legendary shout-outs may prove to be an important and educational tool for older kids and teens to learn about surviving with seemingly insurmountable odds.

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