Mrs. America

About the Show

Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.

Mrs. America features an all-star team in front of and behind the cameras. Two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Cate Blanchett headlines as Phyllis Schlafly, leading a stellar cast portraying some of the most iconic women of the era, including Emmy Award nominated Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Emmy Award nominated Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus, and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan. The cast also boasts Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson, Emmy Award nominated John Slattery, Emmy Award nominated Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey and Kayli Carter.

Executive Producers are Emmy Award winner Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), who serves as creator and showrunner, Academy Award nominated Stacey Sher (Django Unchained, Erin Brockovich), Coco Francini, Cate Blanchett and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel, Billions), who directed four of the nine episodes, including the first two.


Video Extras

Ten Emmy Nominations

Teaser: Houston

Teaser: Reagan

More Acclaim

Teaser: Bella

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Inside Mrs. America

Inside Look: Female Forward

Inside Look: Shaping the Narrative

Inside Look: Double Vision (The Art of Cinematography)

Inside Look: Recreating the 70s - Production Design

Inside Look: Stylizing Mrs. America - Costumes

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Selected Scenes



Equal Pay

The Pie

The Limelight

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  • “Mrs. America makes history come alive, in thoughtful, achingly real detail”
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • “my favorite new show this year”
    - TIME
  • “intellectually invigorating….warmly cinematic”
    - The Wall Street Journal
  • “Women rule in the thrillingly acted Mrs. America, a fabulously robust recreation of the 1970s battle over ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment”
    - TV Guide Magazine
  • “the best illustration of the show’s great strength: its willingness to acknowledge all the parts of its characters”
    - RogerEbert
  • “Packed with stunning performances….Mrs. America is a disco ball packed with TNT”
    - The New York Times