Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | March 11, 2013

On March 18, 2013, host Brenda Starr interviews Filmmaker Jennifer Lee where she discusses her new film, “Feminist: Stories from the Women’s Liberation 1963-1970”

Jennifer Lee states:

Why is the word “feminist” still a controversial word? I asked myself this after a co-worker whispered to me “Are you a feminist?” as if I were a criminal. I began to explore why “feminism,” a movement that gave us so much positive change was still a controversial word? I decided to ask the feminists themselves about this historic social movement so I could learn the details. I spent several years, beginning in 2004, traveling the country and interviewing the feminists who made this revolution happen. Why didn’t I already know these stories? Why wasn’t I taught these stories in high school? This documentary film tells the story of the women’s liberation movement from the years 1963-1970. This film explorers the details of the feminist revolution and connects the controversy around “feminism” with our incomplete memory of what really happened. The film will be released soon. Feminists interviewed include, Betty Friedan, Robin Morgan, Eleanor Smeal, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Sonia  Pressman Fuentes, Richard Graham, Frances M. Beal, Vivian Rothstein, and many others.

In this film I tell some of these stories. I chose to tell the stories from 1963 through 1970. I can’t tell all of them because there were so many. I can’t interview all the feminists from that time, they are far too numerous. The names of these events and feminists aren’t well-known. You may not have heard of The Statue of Liberty takeover, the ‘memo’ that ignited young women across the country to demand “liberation,” the Jeanette Rankin Brigade. Names like Vivian Rothstein, Frances M. Beal, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Aileen Hernandez are not names of women we associate with a revolution, but they were there. These events, and the feminists are an important part of American history. These are necessary stories to remember because women still have further to go. Standing here in the 21st century I can see that there is so much to learn about a time when a relatively small group of women gave a voice to the feelings of millions of women.

FANNY,the women’s Rock band that started in the 70’s, brings their music to the film. To hear about FANNY and more about the film go to: http://www.feministstories.com

 

Click the following link to hear the mp3 of Brenda Starr’s  conversation with Jennifer Lee aired on Through the Eyes of Women 3/18/2013.     

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