2019 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Women’s History Month Film Series. Each year the series offers five thought-provoking documentary films covering a variety of
historical and contemporary issues. It is also a one-credit course for students to explore women’s historical experiences through the medium
of film. Students view and discuss a variety of documentary films
on women and read materials related to topics covered in the films. Each film is followed by a featured speaker, who will lead a discussion with the audience. The film series is free and open to the public.
The series takes place from 7-10 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 18 through March 18, in 004 Kirkbride Hall.
Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers and has spent her life as a labor organizer, civil rights advocate and women's rights activist. This documentary film about the woman who coined the farmworkers' famous slogan, "Sí, se puede"—"yes, we can"—chronicles her evolution from a young woman outraged by economic and social injustices into an outspoken champion for the downtrodden.
Speaker: Erika Gutierrez, member of La Colectiva de Delaware (the Delaware Collective).
The Rape of Recy Taylor
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. This film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks' intimate role in Recy Taylor's story.
Speaker: Rebecca Davis, Department of History, University of Delaware
Meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg - "Notorious RBG," Supreme Court Justice, women's rights champion, legal pioneer, super diva with hand weights, opera lover, and 85-year-old pop culture icon. RBG explores her life and career, providing important historical context for her role in shaping today's women's rights landscape.
Speaker: Claire Rasmussen, Political and International Relations Dept & Women & Gender Studies Dept, University of Delaware
This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation's first woman Principal Chief in 1985. As chief, Mankiller improved the nation's health care, education and housing systems, and developed partnerships with the U.S. government. Crafted from archival footage and live interviews with Mankiller's political colleagues, friends, and family, the film reminds audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wakeup call to take action for positive change.
Speaker: Maureen Zieber, Iron Hill Museum
Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous woman in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents and prevented her from receiving the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor. Lamarr invented a covert communication system to try to defeat the Nazis during WWII, but instead of recognizing her work she was told to sell kisses for war bonds. It was only toward the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered that it was her concept that is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth technologies.
Speaker: Heather Doty, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware; UD ADVANCE Co-Principal Investigator
This year's series is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, History, and Women and Gender Studies; the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events (CAPE) and the Library, Museums & Press.
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