Mrs America's fight against equal rights

Cate Blanchett plays the late Republican grassroots organiser Phyllis Schlafly, dubbed the First Lady of the conservative movement, in the drama Mrs America.
Cate Blanchett plays the late Republican grassroots organiser Phyllis Schlafly, dubbed the First Lady of the conservative movement, in the drama Mrs America.PHOTO: FOX

Cate Blanchett plays anti-feminist leader in period drama that delves into roots of modern US politics

Many actresses would kill for the chance to play a feminist icon.

But for two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, the bigger challenge was portraying a woman known for her anti-feminist crusades.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2020, with the headline 'Mrs America's fight against equal rights'. Print Edition | Subscribe