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Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977
A film by Joyce Follet
1998, 56 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W00657
"****Proving beyond a doubt that feminism began well before the 1960s, and that its players were not just the white middle class, this inspiring tape follows the lives of eight Midwestern women, six of whom became founders of NOW. Set against a backdrop of decades of war, prosperity and reform, their stories beautifully illustrate the continuity and diversity of 20th-century feminism, as the participants describe the labor, civil rights, and political movements of the '40s and '50s that led them to take independent action for women. Using well-chosen archival footage, stills, music, and primary-source narration, producer Joyce Follet of the University of Wisconsin and consulting producer Terry Rockefeller (EYES ON THE PRIZE and AMERICA'S WAR ON POVERTY) offer a first-rate, panoramic-yet-personal view of the women on feminism's front lines."
K.Glaser, Video Librarian


  • National Women's Political Caucus and American Women in Radio and Television, Exceptional Merit Media Award
  • Berkshire Women's History Conference
  • American Historical Association
  • Museo Reina Sofia

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    "An excellent documentary. Has the same intelligent and quiet passion of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter."
    Gayle V. Fischer
    American Historical Review

    "Impressively organized and moving....The film is immediately engaging."
    Star Olderman
    Feminist Collections

    "Step by Step provides a missing piece of American history as it is traditionally taught. We need this video to teach our teachers as well as our students."
    Victoria Straughn
    Committee on Teaching, Organization of American Historians

    "...a very important addition to women's historic record. It is thoroughly wonderful."
    Mary Ruthsdotter
    National Women's History Project

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    Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977 is included in the following Special Collections.
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