Women’s Studies

No study of human society, human thought and the history of consciousness can be complete or even valid without taking into account the outlook, contributions and struggles of half of humanity, the women of all classes, nationalities and historical periods. Here is where we will highlight those achievements and deepen both our understanding and our ability to make greater change in the future.

Rosie: Stories from the Home Front

Women who worked during WWII as part of the war effort, or Rosie the Riveters as they became known, recount stories and talk about their experiences. These women took on jobs traditionally reserved for men out of necessity, and in the process, challenged gender roles that ultimately changed the mores of the United States. The film captures the stories of 10 women who worked in various positions during the war.

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Women, Class and the Commodification of Sex

45 Minute Video Lecture in Three Parts by Professor Mary Davis,  trade unionist, Scottish Communist and author of  "Comrade or Brother" and "Women & Class"

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Ella Baker Inspires the Student Movement

75-minute lecture on the Black woman who organized and trained a new generation of civil rights activists

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How It Began: Betty Friedan and the Modern Women's Movement

90-Minute video lecture by Muriel Fox of the National Organization for Women (NOW),  discussing her collaboration with feminist activist Betty Friedan

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A deeper look at Betty Friedan:  Her roots in labor radicalism Also, an excellent summary by Linda Gordon of the rise of '2nd Wave Feminism' can be downloaded HERE.

36 Courses on Women and Gender

Class outlines, syllabus, notes, lectures, articles and videos from MIT's 'Open Courseware' Project

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The Suffrage Movement: From Beginning to End

90-Minute Documentary of Women's Fight for the Ballot

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500 Years of Chicana History

A three-part video interview with Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez. Her latest book, 500 Years of Chicana Women's History was just published (2008) in a bilingual, paperback edition w/more than 800 photos and illustrations. acclaimed bilingual volume 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, which became the basis for a video she co-directed.

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Selma James: Sex, Race and Class - the Perspective of Winning.55 Minute Video. On March 28, 2012, Uprising Radio host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Selma James, author of Sex, Race & Class: The Perspective of Winning -- a Selection of Writings from 1952-2011. James is the founder of International Wages for Housework Campaign, and International coordinator of the Global Women's Strike. ACCESS HERE




'The Handmaid's Tale', Margaret Atwood's Classic Novel on Film.A dystopian future showing the fate of women under the theocratic rule of the far right. Starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. This is the full version, but to get it in one piece free, you have to put up with German subtitles, which is only a minor problem. Great to start a discussion of women, religion and fascism.The SparkNotes version HERE will give you a plot outlines, summaries and study questions in PDF format. The book itself is easily available at our bookstore tab above, including inexpensive used editions.


'Marxism and Feminism: Revisiting and Extending the Dialogue 'Looking Back to See Ahead: Marx, Gender and What it Means to be Free. Part of the Historical Materialism Conference at York University, Toronto, 11-13 May 2012.

Neoliberalism and Defanging Feminism:  "From the Personal Is Political to the Personal is Personal: Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism." Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College, and author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, explores how mainstream feminism has lost its way by fighting for the individual rights of a small group of elite white women instead of the collective liberation of all women.

Emma Goldman, 'Extremely Dangerous Woman' A feature-length documentary in English with Spanish subtitles (80 minutes) on the life of the famous anarchist and feminists thinker and organizer.  Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement in 1889.  Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands.  She and anarchist writer Alexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Although Frick survived the attempt on his life, Berkman was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for "inciting to riot" and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth. She was later deported to Russia, but died in Canada.
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