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Feminist Movements and Women & Politics

Running in High Heels

Follows the political campaign of Emily Csendes, an engaging but inexperienced 29 year-old woman, as it posits the question: Should women vote for women, regardless of politics? Interwoven with Emily's story are a chorus of powerful women from the left and right of American politics, from conservative old-timer Phyllis Schlafly to Rosalind Wiseman, whose books begat the movie 'Mean girls'. Produced and directed by Maryann Breschard. 2005. 90 min.

Seneca Reflections: Celebrating 150 Years of Woman's Rights

At the 150th anniversary of the First Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, participants were asked to put the 1848 convention in perspective for a contemporary audience. This is a rare tribute to the remarkable women, past and present, whose lives have furthered the cause of women's rights. Voices of: Betty Friedan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donna Shalala, Sally Roesch Wagner, Judy Wellman, Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, and Karen Staser, Madeline Hansen, Judith Wollman, Melanie Stetson Freeman, Margaret Rogers. 1998. 24 min.

Shoulder to Shoulder.

Originally a television series in 1974. Based on letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, speeches, and court and prison records, this series commemorates the campaign for woman's suffrage in Great Britain from the 1800's to 1918. Series created by Midge Mackenzie, Verity Lambert, Georgia Brown 6 parts - 68 min ea.

Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement.

Traces the gradual emergence of contemporary feminism in the United States from 1941 to 1977 through the life stories of eight women, six of whom became founding members of NOW. The participants describe the labor, civil rights, and political movements of the 1940s and 50s that led them to take independent action for women in this personal view of the women on feminism's front lines. c1998. 56 min.

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema

In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics. This rare and wonderful assemblage of silent era footage opens a historic window on how filmmakers on both sides of the women's suffrage issue used the exciting new medium to create powerful propaganda and images about women.

The Anarchist Guest: Emma Goldman

Depicts the life and philosopies of Emma Goldman, an anarchist nicknamed "Red Emma" for her radical political views. Follows her tumultuous life from Russia to the United States and her eventual deportation from the U.S. because of her politics. Traces Goldman's journey to the Canadian home where she found exile in her later years. 2000. 42 min.

The Equal Rights Amendment

A discussion between Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Scott and William F. Buckley on the rescission of the Equal Rights Amendment by several states that had initially ratified it. The contributing factors include the draft, employment opportunities and child support. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on March 30, 1973. 60 min.

The F Word.

Presents various definitions of feminism as defined by feminists, opponents of feminism, and ordinary men and women. Directed and edited by Erin Gallagher, Marcia Jarmel. 1994. 10 min. ;

The Heretics: As Told by Joan Braderman

The Heretics uncovers the inside story of the Second Wave of the Women's Movement. Joan Braderman, director and narrator, follows her dream of becoming a filmmaker to New York City in 1971. By lucky chance, she joins a feminist collective at the epicenter of the 1970's art world in lower Manhattan. In this first person account, The Heretics focuses on the Heresies Collective--which published Heresies; a feminist publication on art & politics from 1975-1992--as a microcosm of the larger international Women's Movement.

The Suffrage Victory [sound recording]

Dramatized narration of the tumultuous events that led to passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Includes readings from Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers. Radio program, originally broadcast in 1958. 30 min.