A real-life Ron Burgundy: Watch this 1970s reporter’s painfully sexist take on women’s rights
In the video embedded below, a sneering news reporter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from August 26, 1970, gives his take on a national protest by women in favor of women’s rights.
The Village Voice excerpted the clip from filmmaker Mary Dore’s new release She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, which chronicles the rise of women’s liberation in the mid-20th century and documents the feminist pioneers who paved the way for a generation of women.
In the National Women’s Strike — organized by feminist Betty Friedan — more than 200,000 women took to the streets of New York to protest inequality in the workplace, unequal access to reproductive health care and a host of other issues. Women all over the nation followed suit.
Reporter Mike Scott gave his version of events for Cedar Rapids’ Channel 9.
“Fifty years after we gave them the vote, the women are going to strike to support their liberation demands,” said Scott. “Thankfully, Cedar Rapids’ women’s liberation movement is pretty much dormant.”
Scott interviewed three women who said they would not be joining the strikers because, as one woman said, “a woman’s place is in the home.”
He concluded his report by saying, “So remember, men, if you come into work tomorrow, and your secretary refuses to do the filing, and go home and find that your wife has refused to do the cooking, don’t blame them. Remember, you gave them the vote, 50 years ago. This is Mike Scott, male chauvinist, TV 9, Eyewitness News.”
Watch the video, embedded below via Vimeo: