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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Wins Emmys and Empowers Women

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has proven to be a force to be reckoned with after winning in several categories at the recent Emmy awards.

The show won several awards including Outstanding Directing for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and both Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actresses, for Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, respectively. It was also the first series on a streaming network to win Best Comedy.

Sherman-Palladino is well-known in Hollywood for writing wildly successful television shows. In addition to the success of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Sherman-Palladino also wrote the popular television show, “Gilmore Girls.”

The theme of the show could not be more appropriate today, both in terms of its Emmy success and the current climate for women in the workplace.

The show, which takes place in 1950s Manhattan, follows the life of Midge Maisel, who decides to reinvent her life after a string of changes at home. Instead of continuing her days as a housewife, Maisel decides to pursue a career as a standup comedian. Of course, Maisel’s path is not easy, considering the time period, but she does not let that discourage her from pursuing her ultimate goal.

Maisel’s independent personality mimics the many experiences of women across the United States concerning careers.

The plot of the show is both empowering and familiar for many women in American society today. The show addresses the issues women face in the workplace, including the struggles women face when taking on jobs typically held by men.

Brosnahan commented on the show’s timeliness, stating, “It’s something happening all over the country right now.”

The show made its debut in November 2017, during a time when women all over Hollywood came forward with their experiences of workplace harassment and joined together for the #Time’sUp movement.

The cast members of the show are pleased that it debuted during such a pivotal time for women in the film industry. Marin Hinkle, an actress from the series, is happy that the conversation surrounding harassment in the workplace “continues to happen.”

Tony Shalhoub, a supporting actor in the show, stated, “I feel too it’s just the beginning of a whole other way of approaching our industry, our relationships, our work relationships, certainly. I think it’s only going to get better from here on out.”

The second season of the show has finished filming, although a release date has not been slated yet. For now, you can watch the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” through Amazon’s streaming service.

The success of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and its cast and crew could not be more celebrated during a time of workplace disparity for American women. The show’s inspirational, comedic nature highlights women’s issues in a lighthearted manner, while still accomplishing plenty in terms of drawing viewer’s attention to a timely topic.

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