An homage to girl power and a tribute to the trailblazers. Also, FASHION.
In 1965 Helen Gurley Brown took over Cosmopolitan magazine and became the first female editor in chief. The magazine was dying a slow death, and HGB saved it by publishing articles about things that had been off-limits in female magazines.
Alice Weiss is a young Midwestern woman trying to make it big in New York City when she lands a job working for Helen Gurley Brown. She wants to become a photographer, so the job is a perfect foot in the door, but she isn't prepared for the cutthroat world of publishing, and now editors are jumping ship refusing to work for Brown, who had previously written a scandalous bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl.
Alice, a dedicated apostle of HGB and her belief that women can demand to have it all, is appalled as confidential memos, article ideas, and even cover designs are leaked, all schemes to sabotage Helen Gurley Brown's career and vision for Cosmopolitan.
Alice becomes determined to help her succeed, and as pressure rises and Alice gets swept up in all the opulence of the New York City fashion and publishing scene, she stays dedicated to Helen Gurley Brown's belief that women can demand to have it all.
They can demand it, but can they really have it?