Thurs, April 28, 9-10 pm: Deeper than the Wage Gap: Economics and Women under neo-liberal capitalism

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At the end of April–the month in which “Equal Pay Day” calls calls attention to the gender wage gap–Joy of Resistance will take an even deeper look into the overall economic situation of women–by rebroadcasting a program based on a Left Forum panel (2013) entitled “The Wealth Gap: Have we really come a long way?”

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Four great guests examine how the current attacks on social services in the U.S. and Europe (“austerity policies”), plus attacks on union jobs where women predominate, are combining with a women’s wealth gap that is the result of centuries of discrimination, to produce a growing economic crisis for the majority of women.

Panelists:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp, feminist activist and organizer of the Left Forum Panel on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap.

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala on her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net”–and the intersections of race, class and immigrant status on the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff on her paper: Austerity is an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. are taking their biggest toll on women.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are toughest but then lose power and authority to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.

Thurs, 9-10 PM, Women in Poland–and internationally–protest total ban on abortion; what would happen if Roe were overturned?; behind the wage gap

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Guests: Beatta Schulman and Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, two Polish women living in New York City, who, in only 2 weeks, used the internet to organize a demonstration that will take place on Sunday, April 17, across from the U.N. at Ralphe Bunche Park at 1 pm to protest a proposed complete ban on abortion in Poland.

Thousands of women have taken to the streets in 15 Polish cities, the largest in Warsaw with 7,000 people. Demonstrations are also planned to take place in Prague and Paris, as well as New York City.

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The proposed complete and total ban on abortion in Poland would contain no exceptions for incest, rape of the life of the mother . On Sunday, April 3, thousands walked out of Church in protest as the Bishop’s letter telling Cathoics they must support the total ban on abortion was read in churches around the country.

In New York City there is a demonstration planned for this Sunday, April 17  at Ralph Bunche Park, across from the U.N. at 42 E 43rd St, New York, New York 10017.

The ban came about amid the toxic mix of nationalism, catholic fundamentalism, whipped up anti-immigrant sentiment and rhetoric about returning to the “normal family relations between men and women”, that characterize the newly elected rightwing conservative Law and Justice party.

The total ban would replace Poland’s already very restrictive abortion law, which allows abortion up to the 25th week of pregnancy and only if a woman’s life is in danger, if the pregnancy resulted from a criminally proven rape or incest, or if the foetus is seriously malformed. The Prime Minister, Beatta Szydlo, has said she approves of the ban  but critics are calling her a puppet of the government and saying that the ban has come about as a condition for Church support of the Law and Justice party in the recent election.

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Jessica Mason Pieklo, Staff Attorney for RH Reality Check and author of “What Would Change if Roe were Overturned?”  spells out what we could expect if, under a Republican Administration, Roe v Wade were overturned under newly appointed Supreme Court Justices–and how, in many ways, we are well on that path already.

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Behind the Wage Gap. Guest: Catherine Hill, PhD,  the vice president for research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the author of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, 2016

We’ll be looking at what the gender pay gap is, why it exists, how to prove its existence to deniers, why “leaning in” won’t fix it and what leverage women as a group have in fighting it (including looking at the Paycheck Fairness Act, and public relations pressure).

Thurs, April 7, 9-10pm–Catholics For Choice on the current Supreme Court Case pitting “religious freedom” against birth control

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We’ll speak with Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Domestic Policy Advisor for Catholics for Choice (CFC) about the current Supreme Court Case, Zubik vs Burwell, which argues for allowing non-profit and for-profit companies that claim to have religious scruples against birth control to refuse to provide it in their employee insurance plans. The plaintiffs are claiming this an issue of their “religious freedom.”

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According to CFC, the Catholic hierarchy (Conference of Catholic Bishops) has “drawn a line in the sand” with this case, in which even the “work-around” compromise (the government’s position that prevailed in related “Hobby Lobby” decision of 2014 and which allows objecting companies to simply fill out a form if they don’t want to provide birth control), is now being characterized as “too much of an undue burden” on “religious freedom.”

CFC believes that this is really about the Bishops’ control over the vast wealth of not-for-profits that are part of the U.S. social services “safety net.” These include a large network of Catholic hospitals as well as government-funded grants for Medicare, Medicaid, adoption and other services. The funding comes from everyone’s collective tax money–which is then used to take away rights in the name of religion.

The current anti birth-control position of the Church and its related organizations, does not even represent the Catholic laity; 98 percent of Catholic women ages 15-44 who have had sex have used contraceptives.

We’ll look at the recent history of the Church’s birth control prohibition, focusing especially on the struggle that took place within the Catholic hierarchy in the 1960’s, when the Church ALMOST changed its stance. During that time Pope Paul appointed a commission on birth control to advise him–it voted by a large majority to change the doctrine and anticipation ran high that the Church would lift the ban.

At that time, Scottish songwriter Matt McGinn wrote a tune called The Pill which was  recorded by Pete Seeger, about a woman with a house full of children waiting for the Pope to “bless the pill.” She buys  a package of birth control pills so she will be ready when the Pope acquiesces. In the final stanza she hopes to hear the Pope’s approval “before my man comes in.” But more conservative voices prevailed and the ban remained, becoming one of the greatest sources of alienation of Catholics from the church. We will be playing this historic song: “The Pill,” on this show.

We will also have our feminist news roundup and other music and will take listener phone calls if time allows.

Thurs, March 31, 9-10pm–a Mini-CR on-the-air, with National Women’s Liberation: What goes into women’s decisions to have or not have children? If we do have children, does our society support us?

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In February and March of 2016The New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation held CR (Consciousness Raising) meetings, where women testified, from their own experience, on what factors have determined–or will determine–whether or not they have children. Those who have had children testified on whether/how that experience changed their views.

Some of the testifiers will be live in the studio and some on the phone, for a “mini-CR on-the-air”–as well as talk about the conclusions they reached through looking at these questions in depth.

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We’ll also look at how our society supports or does not support these parenting decisions and the “Social Wage” programs that women in many other countries have, such as (Single Payer National Healthcare, free or low-cost Childcare and Paid Parental Leave).

Lastly, we’ll discuss the Zika virus and current instructions being given to women by governments, the U.N. and healthcare workers, about whether/when to become pregnant .

Here is the complete list of questions that were brought to these meetings and will be addressed on this show:

1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn’t, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them?

If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn’t have them, did our thinking change?

2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?

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In the latter part of the show, we will be taking listener phone calls on these topics at (718) 780-8888.

We’ll also present our worldwide feminist news headlines and topical music.

 

March 24, 9-10pm: Wanting a woman president/wishing we had more choices–Lauren Besser: “If Bernie had been Bernadette”; Heidi Hartmann: “campaigning while female”; & female-friendly Parliaments around the world

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Guests: Lauren Besser, author of the much read blogpost “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette; Heidi Hartmann, President and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S.

After 227 years+ of male-exclusive presidency, many in the U.S. would like to see, at long last, a woman president. At the same time there are valid reasons to criticize the woman who, for the first time in history, has a good chance of attaining that presidency (as well as many reasons to praise her)–Hillary Rodham Clinton. This places feminists in a terrible bind–should we publicly criticize the first possibly successful woman presidential candidate–and thereby discourage people from voting for her–when we don’t know when/if another woman will  have a shot at this highest office within our lifetimes? In many other countries we would not have to be in this bind because we would have more choices of female candidates at all levels.

Woman heads-of-state: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Angela Merkel (Germany)

In many other countries we would have more choices of women candidates for all offices. The U.S ranks 33rd when it comes to women in national legislatures and has never had a woman head-of-state. Countries with higher proportions of women’s representation–at all levels–tend to have certain characteristics in their electoral systems: by and large these are parliamentary systems, with proportional representation, where there is money set aside for the promotion of women –and many have quotas for women candidates (and other politically disadvantaged groups).

In the first part of our show, we’ll discuss the bind that many left-of-center women find themselves in,  with Lauren Besser, whose recent article “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette” has been causing quite a stir.

Our next guest will be Heidi HartmannPresident and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S. We’ll discuss how our own 2-party, winner-take-all system places many obstacles in the paths of women candidates.

If time permits, we’ll play an excerpt from a debate that took place in Jamaica, when Senator Imani Duncan Price of the Jamaican Senate has proposed quotas for female candidates to promote parity with men.

We’ll also have our Feminist News Headlines Roundup, and, if time permits, listener phone calls at 718 780 8888, toward the end of the show.

 

 

Thursday, March 10, 9-10 PM: Behind the most important Supreme Court Case since Roe–with Jessica Pieklo of RH Reality Check; Judy Gorman to sing live in-studio

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On Thursday, March 15, Joy of Resistance will explore in-depth, the legal history behind the most important case on abortion since Roe v Wade: Whole Women’s Health vs Herenstedtwhich is currently before the Supreme Court.

Our guest will be Jessica Mason Pieklo, legal analyst for analyst for RH Reality Check  . We’ll trace back the history of TRAP (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers) Laws, which require abortion clinics to meet often-impossible “medical” requirements. These laws, which emerged in the 90’s and picked up steam after 2010, have been passed in 24 states and have caused hundreds of clinics across the country to close. The ground for them was prepared by two earlier Supreme Court decisions–the Webster Decision in 1989 and the Casey Decision in 1992.

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Both decisions eroded the “undue burden” standard written into Roe v Wade  –which mandates that a woman seeking an abortion should not have to endure an “undue burden” in finding and procuring one. What constitutes an “undue burden” is what will be decided in Whole Women’s Health, and is at the heart of the case. The decision may render TRAP laws unconstitutional–and will affect subsequent attempts to restrict abortion access in the U.S.

In-studio, we’ll have folksinger/songwriter Judy Gorman, who will play throughout the show, bringing us music inspired by the great movements of our time. Pete Seeger  summed up Judy Gorman like this: “She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter. I hope she lives to be 100 and is able to bring her songs to every nook and cranny of this suffering world.”

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We’ll also have a special International Feminist News roundup that will feature worldwide trends in Parental Leave legislation, “menstruation activism” and the necessity of women’s full reproductive rights if the Zika virus is to be stopped –along with a surprise comedic parody piece.

Thurs, March 3, 8-10pm, Joy of Resistance will offer “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” plus tickets to a private screening with panel/cocktail party on Int’l Women’s Day–and the book: “Who is Hillary Clinton?”

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As the WBAI Winter Fund drive winds down and Women’s History Month begins, on March 3, Joy of Resistance is proud to offer the newly released DVD of perhaps the best film so far made about the birth of the modern women’s movement: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, directed by Mary Dore. We will also be offering tickets to a private screening, with a panel and cocktail party, to be held on March 8, International Women’s Day, to celebrate the long awaited release of the DVD of the film.

Twenty one years in the making by film maker Mary Dore, who has been taking it on a national and worldwide tour–to great acclaim–the film has won awards and rave reviews (see below). Here is a typical review: “One of the year’s best films, Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that — no matter what its detractors insist — has given us the world in which we live.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Phoenix New Times

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We’ll play clips from the film and interview two of the panelists: Nona Willis Aronowitz and Indira Cesarine, both of whom will be panelists at the DVD Release Party/screening on March 8th. Tickets are a bargain at $30. apiece–but there are only 8 of them, so call in early during the show. The newly released DVD of the film will be offered for a pledge of $50.

In the second part of the show, we’ll offer the book: “Who is Hillary Clinton?” featuring two decades of writing from the Left on the woman who may be our next president. Authors include Erica Jong, Barbara Ehrenreich and Doug Henwood, with an introduction by Katha Pollitt of The Nation. 350 pages. For a pledge of $75. This segment will also feature an interview with Dr. Sherry Pagoto, author of the Salon piece: “I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman–but it’s not as simple as that”.

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We’ll also present an abbreviated version of our regular feminist news segment.

Complete list of panelists at March 8 event for the film:

Moderator: Liz Winstead–Writer, Comedian, Producer Co-founder: Lady Parts Justice

Mary Dore–Award winning Documentary Film Maker

Nona Willis Aronowitz–Writer, Editor, Author

Dr. Patricia T. Morris–President: Women Thrive Worldwide

Indira Cesarine–Editor-in-Chief: “Untitled Magazine”

Jennifer Merin–Journalist, President: Alliance of Women Film Journalists

 

More about “SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY” and Reviews

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!

“I loved it. I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.”–Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

****1/2. STIRRING. Celebrates feminist history with GUSTO.”-Anita Katz, SF Examiner

“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“A rousing, overdue summation of the US women’s liberation movement. Celebratory in tone, capturing the exhilaration felt by a generation of women who challenged and shed age-old gender role limitations in a surge of rebellious energy.”–Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Mary Dore’s documentary is powerful proof that the past is prologue…. not only a tribute to past bravery and determination, but also a warning and urgent rallying cry to the next wave.”–Nathalie Atkinson, The Globe and Mail

“Nothing if not timely. It’s touring the country just as the concept of the grassroots movement as the spark for social change is having a moment.”–Dani McClain, The Nation

“Leaves you wanting more. This ILLUMINATING effort packs a wealth of archival footage and current interviews with many vital figures of the movement into its brief running time. A hugely informational effort.”–Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Explores some of the second-wave movement’s lesser-known moments. […] Hones in on the complex and sometimes wild history of the women’s struggle between 1966 and 1971, using archival footage and interviews with a diverse cast of activists.”–Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” captures the excitement, electricity, humor and power of women realizing that they are not crazy, the system is crazy. By showing women as they take this great leap forward in consciousness and activism in the 1960s and early 1970s, Mary Dore makes revolution contagious for the far greater numbers of younger women who are making new leaps of consciousness and activism now. Seeing is believing. To see this documentary will help all women believe in ourselves and each other.”–Gloria Steinem, founder, Ms. Magazine

“Reminds us, feminists didn’t just feel as if they were changing the world – THEY CHANGED IT. Makes clear: the fight isn’t over.”–Rachel Saltz, The New York Timespng

“EXCEPTIONAL Bristling with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century. INCISIVE. NIMBLE. Sharply edited.”–Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Celebratory but clear-eyed. Dore’s film should be seen. Take your daughters. And your sons.”–Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“Superbly researched and edited.”–Tirdad Derkhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

“*** ½ Should be mandatory viewing for every American citizen, both girls and boys who should know where men’s and women’s political relationships now are, and how they got there. More than an honest work of journalism, this cautionary doc hears thunder in the distance, the legal storm threatening to rescind the progress made by a generation of women of all colors who fought and sacrificed for the freedoms women — including my two daughters — experience today.” Dann Gire, Daily Herald (Chicago)

“Pick of the Week. FASCINATING. Captures the excitement of that era, the growing sense of solidarity as more and more women discovered that their dissatisfaction was not an individual matter. Whatever mistakes have been made along the path and however the movement has been stereotyped, THE ESSENTIAL PROJECT OF FEMINISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PROJECT OF HUMAN FREEDOM.”–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

“I was transfixed. Funny, poignant and fast-moving but most of all open-hearted and smart, this visually intense 90 minutes brought back the sounds, scenes and voices that had made it so exciting to be alive during the years of hope, dreams and passion of the 1960s and early 70s. What brought soft tears to well in my eyes, She’s Beautiful tells the much larger story of how all our lives have been transformed and reinvented, not merely to bring women into high-tech boardrooms but releasing men to change diapers and bake cookies without shame and to push toddler strollers down the sidewalk without having to apologize. The convulsive, painful, contradictory — and yet still threatened — movement to see women as full partners in the human dance has, we too often forget, also enabled those of us with Y chromosomes to re-imagine who we can be as well, which is why Mary Dore’s film is much more than a simple documentary.”–Frank Browning, Huffington Post

“From employment discrimination and affordable childcare to reproductive health and sexuality, the film parses through many of the movement’s battles without ignoring deep internal factions regarding race, class and sexuality. Like the movement it depicts and the women it honors, She’s Beautiful is complex.”–Lauren Walker, Newsweek

“A feminist film MASTERPIECE. Offers an INSPIRING account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s.”–Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine

Chosen as No. 5 in Ms. Magazine’s The Year of the Fighter: The Top 10 Feminist Films of 2014–Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine

“Within the first minutes, I felt my own history with feminism…link arms with the present. To see myself as part of the continuum was HEARTBREAKING and ELECTRIFYING.”–Samantha Updegrave, Bitch Media

“It’s a useful documentary, and it needed to be made now…Most of the women interviewed here are in their 70s, and it’s about time a director like Mary Dore came along to record their recollections….As the title would suggest, director Dore has a sense of humor, and so do Rita Mae Brown, Alix Kates Shulman, Heather Booth and the various other women interviewed here….To think of how people thought and acted just 45 years ago is to realize that the women in this film were the advance guard of the modern era. That makes them important, and they make this documentary important.”–Nick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Exhaustively researched, “She’s Beautiful” is a whirlwind tour through the movement’s marches, protests, poetry readings, consciousness-raising groups and the spirited discussions — that we’re still having — about work, child care, compensation and rape.–Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the year’s best films, Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that — no matter what its detractors insist — has given us the world in which we live.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Phoenix New Times

A bubbling cauldron of newfound freedom and energy coming to life, an inspiring reminder of what people of a like mind and heart can accomplish. “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a thing of beauty indeed.–Tom Long, Detroit News

“Profoundly necessary. Inspiring. A powerful reminder that feminist is not a dirty word.”–Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

“A fascinating look at how feminism changed the world. Timely and engaging.”-Steve Murray, Arts ATL

“When reviewing documentaries, I have a practice of taking a note any time the film teaches me something I didn’t know before. I learned more while watching She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Mary Dore’s doc about the early days of the women’s liberation movement, than I have from any other movie. “–Thomas Paskho, The Uniter (Winnipeg)

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a great reminder that feminism is not just for straight, white women, and this documentary is proof.”–Trish Bendix, After Ellen

“Documentaries about social movements must walk a difficult line: how to champion the triumphs of activists who worked hard for triumphant social change without venturing into hagiography. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry expertly walks that line…From start to finish, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry captures the energy– sometimes angry, sometimes joyful– of young feminists then and now… This is the best film yet about the women’s movement, and it will be invaluable as a teaching resource.”–Sarah B. Rowley, The American Historian

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry would be useful in undergraduate courses in women’s history, feminism, women’s studies, U.S. history, and protest and reform movements. Secondary school libraries and public libraries would also benefit from adding She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry to their collections.–Kathleen Spring, Educational Media Reviews Online (Highly Recommended)

Highly recommended for all school, university, and public libraries.–School Library Journal, Starred Review

“The kick-ass women’s movement film we’ve been waiting for. With outrage and humor, brings back the revolution in living color and black-and-white, with torrents of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s.”–Amy Stone, The Lilith Blog

“She’s Beautiful is rambunctious, joyful, provocative, earnest, profound–and utterly mesmerizing–just like the women who made the movement. I hope every young woman, and every young man, will see this movie. Mary Dore’s gift for inspiring activism shines through every frame.”–Dominique Browning, slowlovelife.com

“An insightful, inspiring, and gripping look at the historical underpinnings of contemporary feminism. The headiness of the era is palpable.”–Eleanor Bader, RH Reality Check

“The film is truly entertaining, thought-provoking, shocking, witty and sassy, managing to keep a sense of humour, whilst also keeping an honesty and sensitivity to the seriousness of the cause.”–New Zealand Herald

“ASTONISHING in reminding us of the ‘liberties’ we take for granted today. Almost 50 years since the second wave began, I couldn’t help but nod along with the crowd in the dark theater. Right on, sister. Right on.”–Jaclyn Trop, Good Magazine

“She’s Beautiful takes us on a radical journey through the trenches of our fight and struggle in a male-dominated society.”–Lisa Tedesco, Curve

“This film should be shown in every school, because on top of celebrating the amazing women who changed the world, and educating those of us ignorant of their accomplishments, this documentary serves as a cautionary tale. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry returns, in the end, to the angering fact that there are those who would roll back the rights extended and disempower women—which hurts everyone. The burden lies on feminists, who must always stand vigilant, ready to fight back.”–Michael Lyons, Plentitude Magazine

“Thrives on is authenticity [and] instills a very potent sense of empowerment and appreciation in its audience. Excellent!”–Emily Mae Czachor, Annenberg Digital News

“Watching the film and the struggles of the woman I suddenly connected again with my mom and what she was going through during that same period. Mom was suddenly there sitting next to me in the theater. This is a damn fine film. It’s a triumph where we understand where we were, how we got to now, and where we may be heading tomorrow – and why the fight still has to be fought. It’s a film that should be shown to every little girl or anyone who doesn’t think that causes and movements and political action can change the world-because it can. AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE.”–Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

“Intensely relevant and timeless.”–Ife Blount, Milwaukee Examiner

“Brilliant!!! She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the most powerful and definitive documentary of the modern women’s movement.”–Ruth Rosen, author of The World Split Open

“The film is an archival treasure — a history of the many strands of the Women’s Movement, its multiple struggles and voices — and activism that marries the past to what needs to be done today. She’s Beautiful is rousing, funny and self-critical. As provocative, colorful and lighthearted as its title, this is an important film about serious women doing the serious work of feminism, but also having fun — the time of their lives, in fact, while changing the world.”–Eleanor Pam, President, Veteran Feminists of America

“She’s Beautiful When She is Angry is such a terrific documentary and so skillfully introduces the core ideas, struggles, and successes/failures of the women’s movement during the late 60s and early 70s. What I especially love about this film is the way it underscores the key role of those in the “trenches” – the many local organizers in cities like Boston, NY, Chicago, LA, and SF/Berkeley. They are pictured “back then” as well as now, in recent interviews that allow for the rare kind of reflection that a younger audience so greatly appreciates. And these interviews make clear that it was the superb organizing work of “unsung heroes” (in addition to the important leadership of people like Friedan, Abzug, and Steinem) that catapulted this movement to become one of the key social justice forces of the past century.”–Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies, Ourselves

“Thank you for bringing this empowering, riveting and emotional story back to the forefront of our minds and hearts. As a 25 year old woman, when the credits rolled, I was overcome with so much emotion — relief, frustration, inspiration, hope, despair. There’s much ground to cover, but we can do it. This certainly has awoken something in me, and I want to help. I want to carry on the legacy!”–Boston viewer

“I want everyone I know to see the film, I want us to gather groups of women together in our living rooms and watch it and talk. I want to watch it with my mother and sister. I want women to get together across generations and have consciousness-raising sessions. Vibrant, graceful, complex, and very respectful of the viewer, it really tugged at me, making me ask myself hard questions. Yes, that’s the power of the movement itself — it asked people to ask themselves questions.”–Sarasota viewer

“Thank you for putting your efforts and heart behind this project. As a woman who grew up in a patriarchal family, never had a women’s studies course, and shied away from embracing the word “feminism,” my eyes were totally opened seeing your film! Now, it’s my duty to share that so others can learn if they don’t already know.”–Canadian Viewer

“To me it was amazing how Mary and her team put together a documentary that so wonderfully covered such a huge scope in an exceedingly watchable and enjoyable manner. The thing I really loved is the way she drew in the actual people who were personally involved with archival material and current conversations with the very same folks. But more than that, and so current for today, it is much of a tutorial about “How do you start a movement?” “-