Sun, March 5, 6-7 PM: WBAI fund drive show offers DVD “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” (the birth of the modern feminist movement) & the WBAI Feminist Film Festival (March 11)

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On Sunday, March 5, 6-7PM, as a tribute to Women’s History Month, we’ll be playing clips from and offering our listeners the DVD of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” by Mary Dore and talking about the early days of the modern feminist movement. We’ll also be building for this Saturday’s Joy of Resistance event at the Brooklyn Commons: The Feminist Film Festival (see below)



On Saturday March 11 at 7 pm, the WBAI Feminist Film Festival will present the landmark feminist film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” followed by a discussion with the Director, Mary Dore, invited guests and the audience. The film is arguably the best film made to date on the birth of the modern women’s movement.

With multiple interviews and amazing archival footage, Dore presents the excitement, the issues (still relevant today), the actions, the humor, the internal conflicts–and more–of that time, in a breathtaking and energizing mix. One reviewer called it “blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.” (Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie).

Perfect for Women’s History Monthwe are showing this film in the context of the recent feminist outpouring of 5 million+ people who marched globally in the January 21 “Women’s March on Washington.” In the discussion following the film, the audience and guests will address the question of “where do we go from here?”–using the film as a jumping off point.

Please come and be part of it and bring your friends, networks and family.With delicious food and drink available at the Commons Cafe available, you can make this into a Women’s History Month party. The Brooklyn Commons is at 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

To make sure you get a seat, you can purchase a ticket at (see link below) but can also show up at the door. This is a benefit for WBAI. There is a $20.00 suggested admission, but no one will be turned away.

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More reviews:


Rachel Saltz, New York Times

Ms. Dore’s movie packs a lot in, taking us on a whirlwind tour of those early years, roughly 1966 to 1971. Here are consciousness-raising groups; the birth of the National Organization for Women; protests at the 1968 Miss America Pageant; marches; poetry readings; “Our Bodies, Ourselves”; snippets of “The David Frost Show” (“Why are you so sensitive?” he asks his feminist guests); schisms in the movement (race, class, the lesbian “Lavender Menace”); and discussions of abortion, child care, sex, work and motherhood.


Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie

Mary Dore’s portrait of the Women’s Liberation Movement, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.


Richard Brody, The New Yorker

This stirring and informative documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips (most of them too brief) and interviews with many of the movement’s leaders. There’s a warm, wise, passionate glow to this look at what the director, Mary Dore, depicts as a great political success story.






Sun, Feb 5, 6-7 PM: Judge Neil Gorsuch & the right to abortion under a Trump Supreme Court; recorded historical pieces from the abortion rights movement

We’ll speak with reporters Jessica Mason Pieklo and Christine Cauterucci on the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, just nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, on women’s rights; we’ll hear a clip of Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, speaking at a demo on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31, in response to the nomination.

We’ll intersperse our reports on the nomination and record of Neil Gorsuch with recorded pieces on the history of the struggle for abortion rights and women’s bodily autonomy. These will include:

1. The short play “Letters to Blackmun” from the larger play Words of Choice. Harry A. Blackman was the author or the historic Roe v Wade decision making abortion legal in 1973.

2. The recorded piece produced and narrated by Fran Luck: “A brief history of reproductive rights” produced for the Freedom Files series of WBAI

3. Voices from the Redstockings 1969 Speakout on abortion, when women risked arrest to tell of their abortions when abortion was illegal.

4. Sounds of the 1989 March on Washington for abortion rights, featuring Loretta Ross and others and ending with the voice of Flo Kennedy riffing on what she called the “fetus fetishists”


Sunday, Jan 29, 6-7 PM: Attacking women’s rights is high priority in 1st week of Trump Administration–Guests: Amanda Marcotte, RaeAnn Roca Pickett

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In its first week in office, the Trump Administration has made it a priority to attack women’s reproductive rights, with the president reinstating the Global Gag Rule on Monday, January 23. On Tuesday, the House passed HR-7, which would make permanent and expand the Hyde Amendment, which denies Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortions. Trump also signed an Executive Order instructing all Federal Agencies to “ease the impact” of the Affordable Care Act (AFA) –i.e., encouraging Congress to “switfly repeal” the ACA. An earlier move by the new Congress had begun its dismantling –in the guise of a budget bill that included banning coverage of contraception without a co-pay and defunding Planned Parenthood.

We’ll be discussing these (and other) attacks on women’s reproductive freedom, with guests: RaeAnn Roca Pickett, of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), serves as its Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the DC office; Amanda Marcotte, well known blogger on women’s rights, who writes for: AlterNet, Salon, Raw Story and the Guardian, among other media outlets.

The show will also include the Feminist News Roundup and topical music.

After the March: Where do we go from here? Guests: Terry O’Neill, Loretta Ross, Jenny Brown, Farah Diaz-Tello; Roe v Wade Anniversary

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Seasoned Activists will discuss continuing to organize to maintain–and expand–rights under a Trump administration and a right wing Congress, with a focus on women’s rights. Guests: Terry O’Neill, Loretta Ross, Jenny Brown, Farah Diaz-Tello

Today, January 22, 2017 is the 44th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Decision Roe v Wade, that legalized abortion in the U.S. We’ll look at the state of that hard-earned constitutional right in the U.S. today and also at the roots of the movement for legalized abortion and what we can learn from it today.

The program will feature recorded pieces relevant to the Roe Anniversary: including actual sound of the 1969 Redstockings Abortion Speakout, where women publicly admitted they’d had abortions, when it was still illegal.

News stories will include: New Republican Congress tries to outlaw abortion through a “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” and goes after defunding Violence Against Women Shelters as well as Planned Parenthood.


Sunday, January 1, 2017, 6-7 PM: And encore presentation of “The Feminist Music Extravaganza!”

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New Year’s Feminist Music Extravaganza–A Tour of Feminist History Through Music

Every movement worth its salt has produced music that expresses its consciousness and aspirations. The modern feminist movement is no exception.


Joy of Resistance proudly presents a tour of the second wave of feminism through a sampling of the music it engendered. The eclectic mix presented includes pop, folk, punk, calypso, rhythm and blues–as well as groups and artists who defy easy classification, such as Sweet Honey in the Rock, The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band, Nina Simone and Jolie Rickman. It’s a toe-tapping tour, by turns serious and humorous. First presented on New Year’s Day, 2009, the program is co-hosted by Fran Luck and Maretta Short, who will act as musical tour guides. Hosted by Fran Luck and Maretta Short.


Rutha Harris and the SNCC Freedom Singers “We Shall Not Be Moved”–music from the Civil Rights Movement, which inspired the beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement

Early 60’s “proto-feminist” hits: Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” (1963); Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967);

Early Radical Feminist music: The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band’s “Abortion Song” (1972), written when abortion was still illegal in the U.S

Sandy Rapp‘s raging folk ballad “Remember Rose” (c 1989), about Rosie Jimenez, the first woman to die of an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut off Medicaid Funding for abortions

Dore Previn’s hilarious sendup of patriarchal religion: “Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister?” (1974);

Jolie Rickman‘s rock’n’roll parody on looks-ism: “Suffer to be Beautiful” (2000)

Rebel Voices’ “Daycare” (2003): Clever new lyrics to the Calypso tune Day-O–from a working mother’s perspective

Queen Latifah‘s classic rap song “U.N.I.T.Y.” (1993) takes on street harassment and violence against women

“FYR” (Fifty Years of Ridicule) (2003) by Le Tigre; blistering grrrrllllpunk spits out the truth about the state of women

Nina Simone: Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny” (1964); terrifying revenge fantasy of the downtrodden woman

“Sound-Bite from Beijing” (The Women are Rising) (1998); Sweet Honey in the Rock’s visionary paean to rising of women, inspired by the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference

Sunday, Dec 4, 6-7 PM: “Identity Politics”, Feminism & the Election–guest: Susan Cox; excerpts from National Women’s Liberation post-election speak-out

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The above is a quote form an article by our guest, Susan Cox, from and article in, entitled: Women’s Issues Aren’t Just “Identity Politics.”

She will be our guest on Joy of Resistance this Sunday, in a far ranging discussion that will encompass the history and meanings of the term “identity politics”; how it has been used to belittle and trivialize women’s issues, including related historical incarnations such as the Communist movement’s labeling of feminism “bourgeois”–to the current left’s use of the tem “identity politics”–and why the structural nature of womnen’s oppression is much deeper than “identity.”

We will also be playing excerpts from the huge women’s meeting that took place in response to the election, on November 15 in answer to the call from National Women’s Liberation: “Women, let’s meet to organize the Resistance.”


Our show will also include feminist news and music

“What’s on your feminist mind?”–new monthly segment on last Sundays: groups of women rap on issues of their lives; What’s up with the “Women’s March on Washington”?

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“What’s on Your Feminist Mind?” is the name of a new monthly Joy of Resistance segment that we are presenting on the last Sunday of each month.

For this segment we invite a group of women to be live in the studio (and on the phone) and take turns describing to the group (and listeners) the burning issues confronting them as women in our society. After all have spoken, we try to draw conclusions from what has been said. We may then open up the discussion to listener call-ins.

The women who will be speaking this week are of different ages and ethnic groups. We met some of them on the night of November 15, at the spontaneous speakout that took place in a local park after hundreds were turned away from the National Women’s Liberation meeting called to “organize the resistance”–so we think much of the talk will center on responses to the presidential election–though there could be other issues also.

From Consciousness Raising (CR) to the Internet, the core of the feminist movement has always been women simply talking to each other and sharing experiences–then taking action based on what they learned in these conversations. Much is now known about what issues need to be addressed for women to be equal in society, but going back to CR grounds us and keeps us checking on ourselves and deepening our insight.

In our Feminist News Segment, we’ll have a report on plans for the “Women’s March on Washington” with Farah Diaz-Tello.  There is much controversy around this march, whose name has been changed and likely will be again, as the women who hastily announced it right after the election, did not do so with full input from communities of color and chose names that had already had been used by past Civil Rights Movement marches. A group of Women of Color are now attempting to make sure that the march is both safe, successful and that that early mistakes are being corrected and the march is still on! Farah Diaz-Tello has been in touch with the core organizers and has been an an informal advisor to them.

Some other links to articles on the “Women’s March on Washington”: