Some of the books recommended were the basis of the TV or film production and others relate to the TV show or film in a variety of ways.
One of my roles at the Library is purchasing DVDs, a natural extension of my interest in film and TV which I share with my husband, a graphic designer and my son, who is a Phd student in Film Studies. Watching movies and TV is more than entertainment for my family where we always discuss and share impressions of what we view.
One of my favorite TV series that I am currently watching is Mrs. America on FX on Hulu. Cate Blanchet stars as the right-wing activist and political organizer, Phyllis Schlafly, who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s.
The series tells the story of the feminists who tried to pass the amendment and the anti-feminists who tried to stop it. It features an all star cast including Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson and John Slattery. If you enjoy historical drama and high caliber acting I highly recommend Mrs. America.
If you want to learn more about the women and issues depicted in the series, I recommend the following books:
The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition) by Betty Friedan
The landmark classic that captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives.