What It’s Like Being a Woman in the Fifties with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Caroline Aaron


She has a starring role in the hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and she has more than 150 acting titles to her credit, among CSI, Ugly Betty, and Grey’s Anatomy, just to name a few.

Caroline Aaron has done it all in the acting scene and is now here to discuss her part of the Grammy Award winning show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is about many things – standup comedy, living in NYC in the 1950s, Jewish family life, etc, but also tackles important issues such as women’s roles at the time, and LGBTQ and racial discrimination. Social justice is something deeply rooted in Aaron’s soul, having grown up Jewish in southern Richmond, Virgina.

Her late mother was prominent civil rights activist Nina Friedman Abady, a Selma, Alabama civil rights activist who walked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Aaron endured cross-burnings on her Virgina front lawn. Her mother, who worked full time to support three kids, is also her real-life inspiration for playing ‘Shirley Maisel’ who is also a liberated woman for the times and full partner in the family business.

But being a woman in the fifties meant anything but being the character of Mrs. Maisel. Strong, independent, and marvelous are only a few of the words that describe the women on the show.

We got the chance to speak to Caroline about her role in the hit show, the big Emmy win and just how rare it was for women to be strong and independent, in that day and age.