How ‘Mrs. America’ Directors Went From ‘Captain Marvel’ to a Feminist History Lesson


TheWrap Emmy magazine: ”We were toward the end of postproduction and thinking of a long nap,“ says Anna Boden of her and Ryan Fleck’s decision to tackle the FX miniseries

This story about “Mrs. America” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck first appeared in the Limited Series & Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The FX miniseries “Mrs. America” is a history lesson rooted in the feminist politics of the 1960s and ’70s — both the women’s movement that gained power under the leadership of Gloria Steinem, Betty Freidan and others who were instrumental in the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment through Congress; and the anti-ERA activists who coalesced around Phyllis Schlafly and helped block the amendment from being ratified by the necessary 38 states.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond has been writing about film, music, pop culture and the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. He has served as TheWrap’s awards editor and executive editor, awards since joining the company in 2009. Steve began his career writing about music for the Los Angeles Times, where he remained a contributor for more than 15 years, and Rolling Stone, where he was West Coast Music Editor and wrote 16 cover stories. He moved into film coverage with a weekly column in the Washington Post and became a contributing writer at Premiere magazine, where he became the first journalist to have all access to the Academy Awards show and rehearsals. He has also written for the New York Times, Movieline, the DGA Quarterly, GQ, Playboy, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, New York, the Christian Science Monitor, Live! magazine and many others. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards” (Faber and Faber, 2005). He has also written “Elvis in Hollywood” (New American Library, 1990) and contributed to books that include “Cash,” “The Rolling Stone Reader,” U2: The Rolling Stone Files,” “Bruce Springsteen: The Rolling Stone Files” and “The Rolling Stone Interviews: The 1980s.” He was the co-managing editor of the syndicated TV news program “The Industry News” and the creative consultant for the A&E series “The Inside Track With Graham Nash.” He has won L.A. Press Club awards for stories in TheWrap, the Los Angeles Times and Playboy, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for a story in Premiere.