FX series Mrs. America is written by Mad Men‘s Dahvi Waller. Waller and Blanchett serve as executive producers alongside Stacey Sher, Coco Francini, Anna Boden, and Ryan Fleck. Boden and Fleck, who co-directed Captain Marvel, also directed the first two episodes of Mrs. America.
Leading the charge for “Best Dead Ringer” is Blanchett herself, who will be playing conservative ’70s activist Phyllis Schlafly in the nine-episode limited series. Blanchett’s Schlafly will be facing off against prominent feminist leaders and thinkers of the time, including Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, Tracey Ullmann as Betty Friedan, and Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm. Additional cast includes James Marsden as Republican congressman Philip Crane, John Slattery plays Fred Schlafly, and Elizabeth Banks is Jill Ruckelshaus, a White House assistant, women’s rights activist, and wife of the former head of the EPA, William Ruckelshaus. Rounding out the cast is Sarah Paulson as Alice, a composite character and likely audience surrogate as we follow all the action of prominent figures colliding during a particularly powerful moment in history.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, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that 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 our political landscape.
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