The story of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution is a long, fascinating, and as of right now: still incomplete one.
Now FX is going to be bringing the story of the ERA’s beginnings in the 1970s to television and they’re getting a major assist from a big star. In the show, titled Mrs. America, Cate Blanchett will star as real life figure and conservative ERA opponent Phyllis Schlafly. The series will follow the women of the era and how the culture wars of the ’70s changed the political landscape forever. This will be Blanchett’s first role on American television.
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (the folks behind Captain Marvel) will direct the first two episodes and serve as executive producers. Stacey Sher, Waller, and Coco Francini will also executive produce. The series is created and written by Dahvi Waller (Mad Men).
Here is everything we know about Mrs. America.
Mrs. America Trailer
Cate Blanchett embodies ERA nemesis Phyllis Schlafly in the new Mrs. America trailer. Give it a look below.
Mrs. America Release Date
Mrs. America will premiere on the torturously titled FX on Hulu on April 15, 2020. The first three episodes will be available on Hulu that day with the remaining six episodes becoming available each subsequent week.
Mrs. America Cast
Cate Blanchett isn’t the only big name heading to Mrs. America. Ahead of FX’s appearance at Disney’s network upfront presentation, the network revealed the full cast of Mrs. America and all the real (and fictional) people they will portray. Here is the full list, with character descriptions provided by FX.
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) as Shirley Chisholm – Chisholm not only made history as the first African American Congresswoman, but also became the first African American candidate to run for President from a national political party when she launched her unprecedented 1972 campaign.
Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Gloria Steinem – Steinem was the most recognizable leader of the women’s movement, who co-founded Ms. Magazine and played a major part in the effort to pass the ERA.
Kayli Carter (Godless) as “Pamela” (Fictional) – “Pamela” is a young, impressionable housewife who is an early member of Phyllis’ anti-ERA movement.
Ari Graynor (The Disaster Artist) as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau – A Harvard-educated lawyer, Feigen-Fasteau was a young feminist in the women’s movement who co-founded Ms. Magazine with Steinem and helped the feminist effort to pass the ERA.
Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock) as Rosemary Thomson – Thomson was a homemaker in Schlafley’s inner circle who eagerly joined her fight against the ERA.
James Marsden (Westworld) as Phil Crane – Crane was a conservative congressman from Phyllis’ home state of Illinois and one of her most powerful allies.
Margo Martindale (BoJack Horseman) as Bella Abzug – A leading figure in the feminist movement, Abzug was a three-term Congresswoman who spearheaded the effort to pass the ERA.
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as “Alice” (Fictional) – “Alice” is Phyllis’ best friend who joins Phyllis’ efforts to block the ERA.
John Slattery (neXt) as Fred Schlafly – Phyllis’ husband was a prominent lawyer, GOP donor and anti-communist.
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) as Eleanor Schlafly– Eleanor is Fred’s unmarried sister and a close confidante of Phyllis. Eleanor is a devoted aunt to Phyllis’ six children.
Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) as Betty Friedan – Known as the mother of the women’s movement, Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was an active proponent of the ERA.
Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus