Everything you need to know about ‘American Woman’

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American Woman is all about feminism

Although the series takes place around the second wave of feminism in the 1970s, in the midst of the sexual revolution, it was still a tough time to be a woman.

By taking the unconventional action of divorcing her husband, Bonnie has to figure out how to be a single mother who has to provide for her family.

“She’s a trailblazer of her time,” says Silverstone of her character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Speaking to Yahoo News, Silverstone explained Bonnie in more depth.

"She has no skills, no money, and at the time, you couldn’t even get a loan out without a man. So she’s taking a huge leap. I appreciate that bravery and being able to live your truth… Most women would put their heads down and pretend this didn’t happen. But she says ‘Oh no you don’t’ and she breaks free. I think that’s brave, especially during that time."

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 31: Mena Suvari, Alicia Silverstone and Jennifer Bartels attend Premiere Of Paramount Network’s “American Woman” – Arrivals at Chateau Marmont on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)

Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels co-star on the show

The cast of American Woman is rounded out by Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie), Jennifer Bartels (What Happened Last Night), and Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story, 30 Rock).

Suvari and Bartels will star as Bonnie’s best friends Kathleen and Diana.

Kathleen is a Texas transplant focused on having fun and burning through her trust fund, but who secretly longs for traditional married life.

“She’s so caught up in image and appearances and struggling because she’s not married yet,” she said in an interview with OUT.

Bartels stars as Diana, a career woman struggling to break through the ‘old boys’ mentality of the 1970s business world.

“In the pilot I’m a very buttoned-up, kind of ‘independent but struggling to find her voice as working woman’,” she explains in an interview with News Observer.

“[By] the end of the series you’re like ‘Wow!’ – it was even surprising for an actor for me to read through it.”

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The show features some incredible attention to detail

We can expect a smorgasbord of enviable ’70s looks and gorgeous, intricate sets and picture perfect details, right down to the last smattering of exposed chest hair.

However, don’t expect the 1970s clichés of bell bottoms and high waisted hotpants.

Costume designer Judy Gellman sourced labels authentic to the time, like Halston, Pierre Cardin, and Diane von Furstenberg.

In an interview with Variety, Gellman revealed that the costumes even included a dress originally worn by 1970s supermodel Twiggy, and a vintage Yves Saint Laurent.

“I didn’t want to have to be like ‘Hello, here’s all the iconic looks from the ’70s,” she says.

“We’re checking them off so that you can see we’re showing you the period accurately.”

According to a recent profile in the New York Times, Silverstone also requested that her costumes contained no wool, silk, or leather (though apparently vintage clothes are exempt from this rule).

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 05: Kyle Richards and Jennifer Bartels take part in Jenny McCarthy’s ‘Inner Circle’ series on her SiriusXM show ‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’ with the cast of American Woman on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

American Woman and NowThis joined forces for a ‘female-driven edit-a-thon’ on Wikipedia

In order to highlight the show’s focus on feminism, Richards, Bartels, and the American Woman cast joined a panel of experts and female Wikipedia editors to create 18 new articles, 40 edited pages and the addition of 10k words to existing pieces.

The edit-a-thon was created after it was brought to light that only 16% of editors on Wikipedia identify as female.

The panel including Women in Tech founder arena Bahad, NASA engineer Nagin Cox, playwright and actor Anne Berkowitz, and NowThis managing editor Versha Sharma.

The Drum reports that senior vice president of consumer marketing for Paramount Network and TV Land Anhelo Reyes states, “The edit-a-thon has provided the opportunity to drive change and amplify voices that have long been minimized in critical spaces such as tech and media.”

Where to watch American Woman

American Woman premieres on June 7, 10 pm ET/PT  on the Paramount Network. Series one will run for twelve episodes. Check out the trailer above.