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Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation
A film by Jennifer Lee
US, 2013, 64 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W141137
Structured as a personal journey of rediscovery by filmmaker Jennifer Lee, this documentary brings the momentous first decade of secondwave feminism vividly to life. Its trajectory starts with the earliest stirrings in 1963 and ends with the movement’s full blossoming in 1970—from the Presidential Commission’s report on widespread discrimination against women and publication of Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique up through radical feminists’ takeover of the Statue of Liberty and Friedan’s calls for a women’s strike for equality. A wealth of period footage captures landmark events and the pivotal roles of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Redstockings, and other organizations. Thirty-five diverse interviewees, including rank-and-file activists along with well-known feminists Betty Friedan, Frances M. Beale, Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, Ti-Grace Atkinson, and others, share memories of the period as well as issues and challenges that still resonate today. A great introduction to Women’s Studies and critical viewing for historians and academics interested in feminism, activism and the Women’s Movement.


Los Angeles Women’s Int’l Film Festival, Best of Fest for Documentary

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    "***1/2 Highly recommended...Lee shows how important it is to keep feminist stories a lively part of our national discourse."
    Video Librarian

    "FEMINIST STORIES is poignant, funny, very powerful, and unapologetic… The film is a must-see."
    The Huffington Post

    "… terrifically entertaining as well as informative..."
    Paula Kaplan
    Psychology Today

    "…Lee does an excellent job of covering disagreements within the movement."
    Holly Derr
    Ms. Magazine

    "...a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools …"
    Ellen Snortland
    Pasadena Weekly

    “Remembering and studying the women who broke the barriers before us is not just the right thing to do; we ignore their hard-won lessons at our own peril. For American women, our careless amnesia is plain poison and Lee's film is a healthy portion of the antidote."
    The Huffington Post

    “Lee's film makes a huge leap in uncovering our buried history as women, a gift to girls and women and boys and men alike."
    Melanie Klein, Professor
    Sociology and Women’s Studies, Santa Monica College

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    Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation is included in the following Special Collections.
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