Back in the mid-’60s, female staffers at Newsweek — and in newsrooms all over the place — often found themselves pressed up against a glass ceiling. While they were stuck sorting mail and doing research, their equally qualified male colleagues scored all the glory jobs, like writer and reporter. So the women banded together in secret, hired a kick-ass civil rights attorney in Eleanor Holmes Norton, and launched a major offensive in the war for workplace equality. Author Lynn Povich, who was on the front lines from the beginning, recounts the landmark case in her new book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. Considering the fact that sexual discrimination suits are still being filed at newspapers today, this little-discussed revolution certainly warrants a fresh look.
Thu., Oct. 3, 6 p.m., free, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, 215-746-7636, writing.upenn.edu/wh.