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.
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.Access Here
45 Minute Video Lecture in Three Parts by Professor Mary Davis, trade unionist, Scottish Communist and author of "Comrade or Brother" and "Women & Class"Access Here
75-minute lecture on the Black woman who organized and trained a new generation of civil rights activistsAccess Here
90-Minute video lecture by Muriel Fox of the National Organization for Women (NOW), discussing her collaboration with feminist activist Betty FriedanAccess Here
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.
Dr Pamela Cox presents this three-part BBC series following the journey of the shopgirl from an almost invisible figure in stark Victorian stores, to being the beating heart of modern shops. With retail the biggest private sector employer in the UK today, this series charts how shopgirls have been central to Britain's retail revolution and at the cutting edge of social change. ACCESS HERE
36 Courses on Women and Gender
Class outlines, syllabus, notes, lectures, articles and videos from MIT's 'Open Courseware' ProjectAccess Here
90-Minute Documentary of Women's Fight for the BallotAccess Here
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.Access Here
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.
ANGELA AND YURI: A MOVIE. This film, MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING, co-directed by C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan, is a "Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation". Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama share intimate conversations about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their shared experiences in some of the most important social movements in 20th century United States. The film's unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women's and gay liberation movements, to today's campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. These insights, recorded over the span of 13 years, offer critical lessons about community activism and tremendous hope for the future of social justice. 2009. 97 min. Color. A WMM (Women Make Movies) release
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.
50 FEMINIST FILMS. A list with short descriptions of each, many of which you may find on Netflix or other collections.