Set in a Christian theocracy that was once the U.S., it reveals how women slowly lost all of their rights, their ability to work, and eventually control over their body as some of them are designated as Handmaids, women whose job is to bear children for men and their wives. As Offred (Elisabeth Moss) explains, they were all sleeping as their rights disappeared and didn’t wake up until it was too late. But she’s awake now.
While The Handmaid’s Tale was originally published in 1985, it’s resonated since, particularly in the wake of the current administration. In recent weeks the Handmaid has become something of a eerie symbol as numerous pro-choice protestors dressed up as Handmaids as the Texas Senate—not Gilead—debated on two controversial abortion bills.