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MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT  

Wednesday, August 13, 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:

“MAKERS: Women Who Make America” Part II

 

“MAKERS: Women Who Make America” is a moving, engaging, and inspiring video about the struggle for women’s equality during the last half of the 20th century. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film is a three-part 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 archives and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and the 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, and Oprah Winfrey who share their memories, as well as women who challenged the status quo in coal-mining, medicine, the phone company and airline industries.

At our May Program Meeting, we showed part 1 of this series, “Awakening” which highlighted the 1950s and 1960s. It received unanimously positive reviews and all attendees asked us to show parts 2 and 3 as well. So, on August 13, we will be showing the second part of the series entitled “Changing the World” which takes place in the 1970s and covers the sexual revolution and abortion debate.

In the early 1970s, feminism became a force that reshaped the relationships between men and women in the most fundamental ways. Divorce rates spiked as women chafed under their traditional roles but, where men could adapt, marriages became stronger than ever. With the widespread adoption of the contraceptive pill, women’s sexuality was freed from the constant worry over pregnancy.

Also, the women’s movement could be felt in every realm of life from politics to the economy to pop culture. Billie Jean King was the best female tennis player in the world when she took on Bobby Riggs in the highly promoted “Battle of the Sexes.” And in 1974 the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Little League must allow girls to play baseball alongside boys. Riding a wave of victories, the women’s movement aimed for the ultimate victory — passage of a constitutional amendment recognizing women’s equality. But, just as passage seemed assured, a conservative backlash doomed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and put an end to the unbroken string of victories.

Later this year, we will show the third part of the series, "Charting a New Course", which covers 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 this PBS 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)