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MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT  

Wednesday, September 10, 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 III—Charting a New Course

 

“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 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, Katie Couric, 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. So at our August meeting, we showed part 2, “Changing the World” which took place in the 1970s and covered the sexual revolution and abortion debate.

At our September meeting, we will show the third and final section of the series, entitled, "Charting a New Course". This segment which covers the 1980s and 1990s, discusses issues facing women in the workforce, violence against women, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination and sexual harassment. By this time, the feminist movement had achieved many of its aims but the battle continued, with women’s earnings still lower than their male counterparts and only a fifth of US Senators being female. Though the revolution had seen many successes over half a century, part 3 will clearly show how and why the battle for women’s rights still remains a work in progress.

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 that we all 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)