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MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

7:30 PM


Meeting location:
First Baptist Church, 19 West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ
The church is across from TD Bank; please use the side entrance of the church, nearest to Carl's Shoes.
Please park in the municipal lot behind the shoestore and the shopping center.

 

Program Topic/Speaker:

Film: “MAKERS: Women Who Make America”

 

“MAKERS: Women Who Make America” is an amazing, moving, engaging, and inspiring video about the struggle for women’s equality during the last five decades of the 20th century. The film, narrated by Meryl Streep, is a three-part, three-hour documentary that was first broadcast by PBS in 2013. The series tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy—a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves.

MAKERS brings that story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. It captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration, and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down. Featured are trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Condoleeza Rice, Carol Burnett, and Oprah Winfrey who share their memories, as do women who challenged the status quo in coal-mining, medicine, phone company workers and airline flight attendants.

At our Program Meeting, we will show the first hour of the series “Awakening” which highlights the 1950s and 1960s and follows the impact of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, the founding of the National Organization for Women, as well as women like Maria Pepe, who was instrumental in establishing the right of girls to play Little League Baseball.

One unforgettable segment features Katherine Switzer who, in 1967, was a student at Syracuse University who wanted to run but her school did not have a track team where women could compete. The men's coach spoke glowingly about the Boston Marathon, inspiring Switzer to compete in the event. However, the marathon was an all-male competition. Women were discouraged from long distance running with concerns that running might damage their reproductive organs. Switzer decided to register for the Boston Marathon as "K.V. Switzer", directly challenging the all-male entrant criteria in competitive sports. Jock Semple, the Boston Marathon race official, literally tried to pull her out of the race but Switzer's boyfriend blocked him and Switzer finished the marathon. Media coverage of the incident brought international attention to women's athletics.

Later this year, if there is sufficient interest, we will also show the second part of the series entitled “Changing the World” which takes place in the 1970s and covers the sexual revolution and abortion debate. And/or the third part, "Charting a New Course", which ends in the 1980s and 1990s and discusses issues facing women in the workforce, violence against women, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination and sexual harassment. David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the documentary "one of the best and most far-reaching films about the modern women's movement". Please join us to see the story you should have been taught in school but weren’t.


Meetings include speaker, refreshments, announcments and letter-writing activity.
Meetings open to members and nonmembers.



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I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic.
Each of us puts in one little stone,
and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

Alice Paul, American Heritage (11/93)