BY NEELAM CHAUDHARY
She walks into the room and all heads turn ! She is a woman like you and me, suffering the same mundane life. Yet, she chooses to challenge those norms and break societal expectations. For her happiness came first not what people thought of her. And well, we have to admit she did have humour on her side.
If you are still wondering who she is, allow me to introduce you to her !
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ” is one of the most popular shows.” A show that portrays a woman choosing to live life on her own terms. This is why this show should be on every brown girl’s must watch list.
The story takes place in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The series is based on the fictional character “Mrs. Maisel.” A lady who unearthed her hidden talent accidentally after life turned sour. Rachel Elizabeth Brosnahan plays the lead role as “Mrs. Maisel”, and we all can’t help wanting to be her . Midge Maisel completed her education, fell in love and married the man of her dreams. The series follows her through her daily life.
The ‘Perfect’ Wife
She tried being what society called a “perfect wife”. She baked, washed, took her dreams out every night along with the trash and live passively. She never questioned her role as wife or mother to be any more than it was. Her husband on the other hand had a secret dream. All he wanted to do was break out as a comedian and become famous. A dream that was Midge’s as well. But she never acted on this dream, instead she spent her time finding ways to support her husband.
All until one night, when Midge was left alone. Her prince charming had fallen in love with another woman and she was left to pick the pieces of her life back together. Instead of choosing to re- marry or just work a conventional job, Midge chose to be happy.
She took a chance and started doing comedy shows. Her efforts were first met by alot of ‘boos’ but in time she made her niche. From heart broken to a star she rose despite the lack of support from her parents or any one else. She made herself stronger and more self dependant. It was almost like her divorce was a blessing.
During the day she worked as a makeup counter girl at B. Altman and at nights she did stand up comedy in the clubs. Accidently she began fulfilling her husband’s dream. And to be honest, she did it better than her husband as well.
Women Empowerment & Mrs. Maisel
She promoted feminism and emphasized on shunning the patriarchy. She showed us the third path. She suffered a loss like no other and rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Divorced, mother of two, independant and yet down to earth. She is the epitome of women empowerment.
If you are a women of color, you probably know how hard it is to make in the world. From neighbors to aunts, there is no respite from the cat calling. We fear to be ourselves. We fear change. We fear happiness. And Mrs. Maisel is here to help you unlearn that fear and embrace you- faults and all !