I posted a query asking about videos to use in teaching the women's movement, and received an abundance of rich suggestions in return. There certainly are a wide variety of useful videos to use when teaching 20th century about women in 20th century America. There are also some useful resources to pursue further. I remain struck by the fact, however, that there are relatively few videos about the women's movement itself especially compared to the incredible number of powerful videos on the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement.

Mark Kornbluh <>

[1] From: Helen Bannan, Florida Atlantic University


A few videos that I have used that cover the US Women's Movement after 1945 include:

        "A Simple Matter of Justice" on the ERA, including Houston              
                International Women's Year convention                           
        "The Wilmar 8": strike for pay equity, 1970s, Minnesota                 
        "She's Nobody's Baby": covers all of 20th century, emphasis on          
                changes in roles, dress & pop culture images                    
        "Not One of The Boys": an old Frontline (1984) on women in              
        "Making Policy, Not Coffee": on women at the 1972 political             
                conventions; may be a local film, since both in Miami           
        "Salt of the Earth": a classic from the '50 made by                     
                blacklisted writers & actors, focusing on women's issues.       
                There's also a good documentary about how it was made,          
                 "A Crime to Fit the Punishment"                                
        "Never Turn Back: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer": more on                
                civil rights, but women role models help                        

Good luck! Helen Bannan, Women's Studies & History, Florida Atlantic University Bannan@FAUVAX

[2] From: Ilene S Alexander <>

The catelogue for Women Make Movies lists some really wonderful videos about the women's movement; sorry I can't be more specific but I've packed my office and books and they're on the road to another state. Women Make Movies tends to send their listing to all Women's Studies Departments and libraries or other campus offices that order videos.

Also, PBS videos tend to be on the shelves of public libraries that carry audiovisual items; there are a number of interesting videos in their collection (and there's an 800 number for PBS). One video links quilting to the suffrage movement and my students have liked it. Kay Gardner's short video "One Fine Day" and its follow up (name escapes me now) make for a good quick look at the history of the women's movement -- and they carry a hopeful, future-inspiring tone, something students often seem to crave.

Wish I could be more specific, but if you can get your hands on a copy of the Women Make Movies listing, you'll find many possiblities.

Ilene Alexander

[3] From: Nancy Marie Robertson


You may wish to contact Women Make Movies as they are preparing a 4 part TV series on the modern women's movement called "The Second Wave" The "Wilmar Eight" on a group of bank tellers who go on stroke may be a possibility. Faye Ginzberg did a film, I beleive on both the pro- choice and pro-life movememtn called *Prairie Fire* (or something similar). A futuristic film, Lizzie Borden's *BORN IN FLAMES* I found funny years ago although some could not see the humor (it's set in the US after a socialist revolution, but where there is still sexism)

The Women's Studies Librarian at U. Wisc@ Madison has a 200+ entry of films and videos about women which is well annotated. good luck nancy

[4] From:

Molly Meijer Wertheimer

Mark, I use HOW WE GOT THE VOTE and PROTECTION AND EQUALITY. Both films are about events prior to 1945. They provide good background material, however, especially PROTECTION OR EQUALITY. It traces the legistlation that was instituted to protect women workers and shows how fears about losing protection interfered with passage of the ERA.

By the way, I would be interested in seeing your syllabus and a list of the films you use in your course. I taught a "Gender Roles and Communication" course last Spring for the first time. I also showed films each period (the class meet once a week at night). Some of the films I showed worked well; others need to be replaced. Molly Meijer Wertheimer mmw9@psuvm.psu.

[5] From: IN%"Steven_A._Leibo@MTS.RPI.EDU"

Just a thought...though more 20th century than post war.. but the film on the Shakers.. which in its later years was dominated by women might be very interesting. It is called something like Simple Things.. by Ken Burns...good luck


John C. Krueckeberg

Dear Mr. Kornbluh:

I unfortunately do not know of any videos off-hand, although I would appreciated any information gained by your query on the network. This is because I hope to one-day teach a course similar to yours. (I am a grad student at the U. of Arizona and as such teach the more general surveys of before and after Reconstruction.)

I DO know of two different Rosie the Riveter videos, and can recommend one over the other, as it has much more personal interviews of the women and places their "challenge" to cultural gender roles within both a personal and societal context.

ALSO, I wonder if you are familiar with Barbara Kingsolver's "Holding the Line" which deals with the Arizona mining strikes in the 1980s? It is a brilliant introduction into the complexities of combining class, race, (ethnicity), and gender. My students found it very easy to read (its "journalistic" sneered one) and did very well with it. Although less conducive to the video generation, I think you might enjoy students' responsesto it.

        In anycase, I hope your search is fruitful.                             
        Best Wishes,                                                            
        John C. Krueckeberg   (                          

PS. The video I recommend is "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riviter"


I saw your inquiry about Women's Movement Videos and wanted to let you know about one done in conjunction with the Margaret Sanger Papers Project (we are working on a microfilm and book edition of Sanger's Papers) entitled MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE. It is a half-hour videotape which uses Sanger's words and recreations to tell the story of the Brownsville Clinic (the first b.c. clinic in the U.S., 1916), Sanger's arrest and imprisonment and how the clinic changed the laws of NY state.

We have screened the video at a few conferences and it is going to be on public television next year. It is not a standard narrative history video but rather seeks to provoke discussion on birth control and Sanger's use of imagrey and the press to forward her cause.

If you are interested, the video is available through WOMEN MAKE MOVIES in New York City. I can get more information for you if you like. It was produced by Esther Katz, Barbara Abrash and Laurence Hegarty, directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull.

Cathy Moran Hajo Assistant Editor Margaret Sanger Papers Department of History N.Y.U. 19 University Place New York, NY 10003 212-998-8666 INTERNET: HAJO@ACFCLUSTER.NYU.EDU

[8] From: Diane Carruthers


There will no doubt be many good suggestions in response to the request for videos on the women's movement. One especially good one is Women of Summer. It is about the experimental summer school at Bryn Mawr during the 20s and 30s. It is wonderful. I don't know who distributes it. Diane Carruthers dcarruth@snyescva

[9] From: Sarah Elizabeth Chinn <>

While this is not only about the Women's Movement, I highly recommend "Word is Out," a documentary made in the late 1970s about the Gay Liberation Movement, that is mostly personal narratives. Another related film is "Before Stonewall" which features some of the same people, although ten years later in a more reminiscing mood. I'm assuming that since this is a postwar social movements class you're also doing a section on the GLM, and these two are great films with a diverse representation of lesbian and gay people.

[10] From: Judy Zimmerman

You might want to take a look at "Women of Steel," which deals with the first women to enter the Pittsburgh mills in the 1970's, made by Steffi Domike. It is distributed by the University of Pittsburgh Press and can be ordered at 800-666-2211. Judy Zimmerman University of Pittsburgh/Greensburg



Mark, I did a search of gopherspace using VERONICA and the keyword 'women,' and came up with twelve pages of menus and files. Not all of it was useful, but I thought the text below was worth posting.

This, of course, has been another subliminal attempt to encourage humanists to acquaint themselves with the wonderful world of Gopher.

From: WIRCS2::PWEIS "Phyllis Holman Weisbard" Subject: WAVE:WOMEN'S AUDIO-VISUALS IN ENGLISH

The Office of Women's Studies Librarian University of Wisconsin System has just published WAVE: WOMEN'S AUDIO-VISUALS IN ENGLISH; A GUIDE TO NONPRINT RESOURCES IN WOMEN'S STUDIES. WAVE fills a unique niche in the reference literature on women. It is an interdisciplinary, annotated listing of 800 films, videos, audiocassettes, and filmstrips by and about women produced between 1985-1990. WAVE is an 88-page guide, arranged in broad discipline-based categories such as "Education," "Health/Medicine/Biology," "Sociology/Social Issues" -- using the same format as NEW BOOKS ON WOMEN & FEMINISM from the same Office -- with an extensive, detailed subject index for easy access to a wide range of topics. A title index and up-to-date list of distributors names and addresses are also provided.

The cost per copy is $2.00. If you or your library would like one, please send a request to the address below and enclose a check for $2.00 payable to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We hope to update WAVE with a SECOND WAVE next year and welcome suggestions on format and content.

The Office of Women's Studies Librarian also offers three women's studies resource periodicals on joint subscription (FEMINIST COLLECTIONS: A QUARTERLY OF WOMEN'S STUDIES RESOURCES; FEMINIST PERIODICALS: A CURRENT LISTING OF CONTENTS; and NEW BOOKS ON WOMEN & FEMINISM) as well as other bibliographic publications. For further information contact Phyllis Holman Weisbard at the email or street address below.

Please forward this message to other lists you think would like to know about WAVE.

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    University of Wisconsin System (Internet)       

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