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‘Mrs. America’ Imagines Conservative Defections from STOP ERA Cause

Posted on 20 May 2020

As the inevitable, real-life defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment nears, Mrs. America focused on the made-up defection of a devoted conservative woman. It also used a host of negative characterizations against the same woman (Alice). The next to last episode, “Houston,” focused on the Women’s Convention that took place in 1977, but focused almost entirely on how the convention affected fictional characters Alice and Pamela, bringing them a kind of liberal enlightenment.