Women's History Women's Lives
30th Annual Women's History Month Film Series
Mondays, Feb. 22 to March 21, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm ~ 206 Kirkbride Hall
February 22: The Girls in the Band
Speaker: Nadjah Nicole of TV’s “The Voice”
February 29: A Girl Like Her
A Girl Like Her explores the hidden histories of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period – about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption – with the voices of these mothers as they speak today about the long-term impact on their lives of such rigidly imposed silence.
Speaker: Catherine Dukes, Planned Parenthood of Delaware
March 7: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry explores the history of the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971, from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. Combining archival footage with dramatizations and performances, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. The film addresses many of the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement and challenges many of today’s false stereotypes of second-wave feminism.
Speaker: Mary Jean Collins, Veteran Feminists of America
March 14: Gloria: In Her Own Words
Gloria: In Her Own Words, an intimate biographical portrait of feminist icon Gloria Steinem, takes a look back at her years as a reporter, her breakthrough exposé on the working conditions of Playboy Bunnies, and her experiences working with women during a 1969 abortion hearing in New York. The film showcases Steinem’s compassion and sharp sense of humor, as well as her role in founding of Ms magazine and becoming the “face” of modern feminism.
Speaker: Marie Laberge, University of Delaware Women and Gender Studies Department
March 21: Maquilapolis
Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive factories often owned by the world’s largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In this documentary, the women reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. Maquilapolis is a powerful film that brought filmmakers together with Tijuana factory workers and community organizers to tell the story of globalization through the eyes and voices of the workers themselves — overwhelmingly women — who have borne the costs but reaped few of the benefits. The result is not only an informative and disturbing film, but also an evocative and poetic one.
Speaker: Suzanne Cherrin, University of Delaware Women and Gender Studies Department