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Economic & Workplace Conditions for Women

Ecstasy Unlimited: The Interpenetrations of Sex and Capital

A montage of skits, songs, and narrated film clips depicting the close connections of economic, political, and social systems with sexuality. Specifically, the film discusses how a capitalist society, the United States, can shape the way we view sex and sexuality. 1985. 60 min.

Fast Food Women

Looks at the lives of the women who prepare the food at four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women, mostly middle-aged with children to raise, are often the sole source of income for their families. They work for salaries barely above minimum wage, have trouble getting full-time hours because of their employer's scheduling policies, and are without benefits. Scenes of women working at the various restaurants are included in this look at the other side of the counter. Directed by: Anne Lewis. Dist.: Appalshop. 28 min.

Fragile Ladies.

Interviews with homeless women in New York City, interviews with two directors of homeless shelters and excerpts of commentary and speeches from the New York State Assembly public hearing on the homeless held on September 19, 1981. 25 min.

Good Work, Sister: Women Shipyard Workers of World War II, An Oral History.

Women tell of their personal experiences in the shipyards at Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wash., and the difficulties confronting them when they took over jobs during World War II which had traditionally been considered men's work in addition to their continuing responsibility for child-raising and housework. 1982.20 min.

Hard Work: "To Make Both Ends Meet"

In 1888 the Main State Bureau of Industrial and Labor Statistics conducted a survey to assess working conditions for women in the state's shops and factories. The bureau hired Flora Haines, of Bangor to complete the survey. She spoke with the women in the workplace and handed out over 600 questionnaires. Hundreds of women responded discussing such issues as health and safety, wages and working hours, sanitary conditions and other matters.

Hill vs. Thomas

Archival footage covering the events surrounding the Judiciary Committee and Senate hearings regarding Anita Hill's sexual harrassment accusations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, with four CBS News correspondents providing their firsthand insights into the case. Originally broadcast on the CBS program I remember, November 18, 1997. Dist.: Films Media Group. 45 min.

Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.

Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. A film by Connie Field. Dist. Clarity Films. c1987. 65 min. ;
Reviews and articles:
Devilbiss, M. C. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" Women's Studies International Forum; 1982, Vol. 5 Issue 3-4, p389, 2p

Lioness

A feature-length documentary about 5 female U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq as support, but were attached to all-male infantry units in the Army and Marines. Lioness recounts their experiences at war and what it is like to return home as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Interviewees, Rebecca Nava, Katherine Pendry Guttormsen, Anastasia Breslow, Ranie Ruthig, Shannon Morgan. Special features: 56 min. classroom version, 9 bonus features and trailer, plus PDFs of discussion guide and Team Lioness: American servicewomen in Iraq.

Maid in America

An intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three of the nearly 100,000 domestic workers living in that city today. Judith hasn't seen her four daughters for the two years since she left Guatemala, but hopes to give them a better future by sending half her income back home. Telma, from El Salvador, has cared for the now six-year-old Mickey since he was a baby, essentially becoming his 'mom' so his mother can keep her career on track.

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