Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Makers: Women Who Make America

Women's Rights Movement Covers Familiar Ground But Does It Fairly Well
Gloria Steinem

Makers: Women Who Make America a three-hour documentary on PBS stations on Tuesday (8pm), is the story of the last 50 years of the American women’s movement, from the publication of Betty Friedan’s book “The Feminine Mystique,” which reassured housewives and mothers that they had good reason to feel unfulfilled, to the paradoxes of 2013. 

Most of us have seen the old television commercials before, those 1950s ads that marketed products by telling women how stupid and disappointing they were.

So, in the beginning, this program feels like old news (one generation has seen it all before, and the other doesn’t care), but the narrative quickly comes together and still has the power to astound.

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