The Hulu miniseries ‘Mrs. America’ portrays the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s through the character of Phyllis Schafly, played by Cate Blanchett.

On the other side of the issue are a Who’s Who of the feminist movement, including writers and activists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan and presidential contender Shirley Chisholm.

On this Legal Speak podcast, we catch up with Brenda Feigen, a real life lawyer in Southern California whose story is woven into the show’s plot. Feigen’s 2000 memoir, Not One of the Boys: Living Life as a Feminist,  has just been released as an e-book.

Feigen, now in her 70s, describes what it was like to watch her character’s scenes and talks about her experiences as a feminist activist, including working alongside now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the ACLU’s Women Right’s Project.

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