Catha Maslow

Catha Maslow started to work on the "Abortion film," what they originally called ABORTION AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS 1970, after dropping out of a PhD program for a Master's degree in psychology. Although she had a life-long interest in understanding human nature, and was grateful to be able to study at Brandeis with her cousin Abraham Maslow during his last years of teaching, she found the anti-war, women’s and spiritual movements much more compelling at that time. For the two years after finishing the film, she was part of a consciousness-raising women’s group. In 1973, she moved from Boston to Warwick, NY to live in a community involved in spiritual development based on the ideas of Gurdjieff. There she met her husband David, an artist, and they had two sons, who both married and had children. Continuing her education, she studied family therapy and hypnosis and received a Masters of Social Work. She worked as a beloved therapist until her death in 2015. (3/23)

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Abortion and Women's Rights 1970

A film by Catha Maslow, 1970, 28 min, B/W

One of the first films ever made about the struggle for abortion rights, this powerful archival piece documents women’s voices from a pre-Roe v. Wade era. This unique film, available for the first time digitally, tells the story of two women's illegal abortions before the Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to abortion in Roe…

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