Parents' Guide to

Mrs. America

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Great cast, smart pacing make this historical series swing.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Interesting historical period piece

I really enjoyed all the episodes of this show, which explores the fight over the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment between conservative women and liberal women in the American 1970s. There are only a few times I can recall when characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana briefly. Characters do drink alcohol and have sex, but most of it is offscreen or alluded to, making the show pretty tasteful in my opinion. There's very little swearing and no violence that I can remember. I really enjoy how the show depicts women's point of view. The storytelling is interesting and complex.
age 14+

Age 14 and up.

this show is amazing ! i think parents could let their 12 year old watch this show. The only reason why i would suggest 14 yeasr and older is because it is very political and it might be hard for children of a younger age to follow whats happening in the show. However, the show is very educational and it has an amazing cast. there is very little sexual activity, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc throughout there is the use of strong language, but not alot.

Is It Any Good?

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As a portrait of a complicated woman at a pivotal time and place in American history, this compelling series with its fantastic cast and pacing is a total delight. Viewers who remember Schlafly and the ERA's most newsworthy moment may have a pleasant sensation that they're peeking behind the news headlines from back in the day, but even those too young to remember debates over bra burning will be carried along by the propulsive energy of the drama and the uniformly great performances. Time has also lent a dash of piquant irony to Schlafly's political battle.

But though Blanchett's Schlafly always has a steely-eyed, square-jawed confidence in her viewpoints, Mrs. America doesn't always take her side. Pointedly, the show takes pains to reveal the bustling domestic workers (always women of color, working for white women) who make sure dinner is on the table on time and Schlafly's kids' laundry is done, echoing the criticism during the ERA era that Schlafly spent a lot of time away from her home while advising other women to do otherwise. We also see moments when Schlafly tamps down her ambitions to make way for men: When she's asked to take notes at an otherwise-all-male political meeting; when she rejects a shot to run for Congress after her husband raises concerns about the effect it would have on their family life. What Mrs. America does best is show us a woman who saw life, her own and others, through a filter, and did her best to make the changes she thought important. Whether viewers agree or not is a matter of their own political leanings -- but as a sympathetic look at a woman whose most lasting cultural impact was being (mostly) on the wrong side of history, it's good, fascinating fun.

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