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This new miniseries—like elsewhere in mainstream conversations—oversimplifies the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment as a conflict between conservative housewives on one side and liberal feminists on the other.

FX Networks/YouTubeFans of women’s history, 1970s costumes, and Cate Blanchett will all have reason to tune in to Mrs. America, a new FX miniseries airing on Hulu, about the cultural battle over the Equal Rights Amendment, which played out between two groups of activists.

In Mrs. America, the feminists are righteous but flawed, the villains are wrong but human—and basically everyone is middle or upper-middle class.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which has been contentiously battled over the last century, would amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal rights regardless of sex.

Women like Wolfgang, Miller, and Newman complicate our understanding of the ERA debate beyond the story Mrs. America tells.

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