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34th Annual Woman's History Month Film Series

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Our Vote: Women Who Fight for Our Rights

These extraordinary women pushed society to think bigger, change unfair norms and regulations, overcome barriers, break glass ceilings, and move forward. 

This year’s Film Series focuses on women’s political power and what it takes to achieve it.  Each film is followed by a guest speaker, who will discuss the film in the context of women’s social-justice advocacy, democratic processes, and laws which advance women’s political access nationally and worldwide.

Part of the OUR VOTE: History. Advocacy. Justice initiative currently taking place across the University of Delaware campus—commemorating the impact of suffrage and the fight to break down the barriers of access to political power.

Mondays, February 24 to March 23, 2020 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM 004 Kirkbride Hall

Students can enroll in WOMS291/HIST291 - a one-credit multicultural course associated with the film series.

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FEBRUARY 24: Chisholm ‘72

Unbought and UnbossedIn 1968, Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American congresswoman. Four years later, she became the first black woman to seek a major party’s nomination for the U.S. presidency.

Followed by guest speaker Cheryl Hicks, UD Departments of Africana Studies and History

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MARCH 2: Knock Down the House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vielela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin had no political background or corporate money, but in 2018 they all challenged powerful male incumbents in Congress. Running together, as part of a rising movement, four ordinary women found the courage to do something extraordinary.

Followed by guest speaker Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, Delaware State Senate District 3

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MARCH 9: Sisters of ‘77

Twenty thousand politically engaged people gathered in Houston, Texas in 1977 for the first federally funded National Women’s Conference to seek equal rights for women. Resolutions on everything from race and sex discrimination and lesbian rights to abortion were debated and voted on over four feverish days.

Followed by guest speaker Erin Cassese, UD Department of Political Science & International Relations

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MARCH 16: They Dared

A history of Arab women who were tireless advocates and activists for reform in their countries. Sharing a common goal of advancing gender equality and women’s rights, they persisted despite numerous social, cultural, and political obstacles.

Followed by guest speaker They Dared filmmaker May Rihani, George and Lisa Zakhem Khalil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace, University of Maryland

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MARCH 23: Councilwoman

Facing skeptics who said she didn’t have the education to govern and the power of corporate interests who took a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the city, Carmen Castillo, a Dominican hotel housekeeper, ran for city council of Providence, R.I. She had to manage her day job cleaning hotel rooms while advocating for low-income workers.

Followed by guest speaker Madinah Wilson, Policy Analyst at the Biden Institute and candidate for Delaware State Representative

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