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Economic & Workplace Conditions for Women

What You Take for Granted

Interweaving interviews with a narrative about the developing friendship between a truck driver and a doctor, explores the social and psychological contradictions of women working in nontraditional blue-collar and professional jobs. Written, produced and directed by Michelle Citron. 1983. 75 min.

Who's Counting?: Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics

Elected to the New Zealand parliament at the age of 22 and subsequently re-elected three times, Waring has become the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics. In this program, divided thematically into 15 chapters, Waring challenges the myths of economics, its elitist stance, and our tacit compliance with political agendas that masquerade as objective economic policy. c1995. 53 min.

With Babies and Banners: A History of the Women's Emergency Brigade.

Combines archival footage and interviews tracing the role of women in the formation of the United Auto Workers. Focuses on the contributions of the Women's Emergency Brigade to the labor movement of the 1930's. Producers, Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb, Lorraine Gray. Dist.: New Day Films. 1978. 45 min.
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With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work.

Presents profiles of four women role models, ten women in non-traditional jobs and students talking about their concerns. 1983-1985. 4 parts, 30 min. each.

Women at War, From the Home front to the Front Lines.

Through selected newsreel footage details the vital contributions of American women to the war effort. Looks at the frequently forgotten history of WAC's, WAVE's and other all-women military units' work, nurses serving oversees and women workers in defense plants helping to perform America's miracle of war production. Hosted by Eric Sevareid and Edwin Newman. 1989. 45 min.

Women in the Workforce & Gender Films

This compilation features films about women in the workforce during the 1940s and 1950s. Gender roles have evolved substantially since these films were made, but the old gender biases run rampant through this collection. In many of the films, women are portrayed as emotional, troublesome workers, who should be relegated to secretarial and clerical work. Disc 1. Supervising women workers (1944) (11 min.) -- The bright young newcomer (1958) (6 min.) -- Office etiquette (1950) (13 min.) -- Office courtesy: meeting the public (1952) (11 min.) -- The front line (1965) (15 min.). Disc 2.

Women: The New Poor.

1990. Divorced women and single mothers who lack skills and opportunities for economic self-sufficiency represent the alarming feminization of poverty in the US. This documentary follows the lives of four women in Connecticut who have becomepoor in various ways and explores how they cope with poverty. A film by Bea Milwe. 28 min.

Working Women of the Worlds (Ouvrieres du monde)

Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., this documentary follows the relocation of garment production from Western countries to nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent. It looks at the working conditions of these third world employees and also presents the stories of their western counterparts who are losing their jobs. A film by Marie France Collard, 2000. 53 min.
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