The Lieben Center for Women is hosting a virtual four-part discussion group series to talk about FX and Hulu’s show, “Mrs. America” from Feb. 18 to Apr. 1.
This discussion group series is open to all members of the Creighton community. Participants are encouraged to watch a few episodes before attending each meeting.
“Mrs. America” is a period drama that follows women who played prominent roles in the political push towards the ratification or rejection of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s.
This show stars many notable actresses who portray the key players of the Women’s Rights Movement in the 70s.
These characters include Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus.
The show also shed light upon a significant opponent of the movement, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.
This show uniquely expresses the different viewpoints and factions that existed between and within the opposing movements at the time.
“Being able to see different women represented shows that there’s not just one cookie-cutter feminist,” said Nora Martin, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Although the show pays great attention to detail, it encourages viewers to use it as a tool to further their own research.
In order to help participants become more familiar with the show’s historical and political background, the Lieben Center provided discussion questions, comprehensive guides, and a brief presentation on the real women behind each character.
“[The guides] helped me get more of a full picture of what the show was trying to tell me. It helped me understand what parts of the show were created just for the show and which were actually history,” said Abby Slyter, junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and head student coordinator of the Lieben Center for Women.
For those who do not have access to Hulu, the Lieben Center is providing a temporary login for participants to use throughout the duration of the program.
Anyone interested in joining future discussions at any time during the program should RSVP on CU Involved to be added to the mailing list.
New members will then be caught up with brief overviews of the previous discussion topics.