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This sensational-historical series describes the life story of Phyllis Schlafly, the pioneer of an unforeseen battle against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s. It's one of the most significant culture wars.
To its credit, Mrs. America circumvents the seductively easy narrative about powerful women at each other's throats for a more nuanced one that pits their ideas and organizing strategies against each other, with illuminating results.
For as electrifying as Blanchett's performance is as Schlafly... the show finds electric purpose in depicting the work of legislators, organizers, and activists whose work has been terribly overlooked in mainstream culture.
Only Cate Blanchett could sell the little faces Phyllis makes when no one's looking-what she won't say and can't say. Her performance isn't exactly eliciting sympathy; it's just a masterwork in letting you read her mind without missing a beat.