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First Annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival

063d3abd 6db1 444d 9d6a b59b72560296The first annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival will debut on Thursday, April 21 and run through Friday, April 22. This new addition to the city's circuit of film festivals, the CFFF:

"...showcases independent film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. This in turn means creating inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work — particularly women, people of color, queer, and transgender folks, given their struggle for visibility in the mainstream film industry. Another goal is to forge connections between local, national, and international film. The over-arching assumption behind the festival is that art plays a vital role in bringing people together and encouraging them to think deeply about issues of equality and social justice."

The full schedule is now available on the film festival's website. It will include 6 programs, 42 short films, and 1 feature film. 

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"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" at DePaul on March 2nd

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Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, March 2nd / 5:30pm

Cortelyou Commons / 2324 N. Fremont Street

In celebration of Women's History Month, join The Women's Center and the Women's and Gender Studies Department for a screening of the documentary film She's Beautiful When She's Angry, that resurrects the buried history of the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971. Amazing historical footage of meetings, speeches and rallies of the time and juxtaposed with photos of many of these same women today, now in their 60s and 70s, relishing the memories. 

One of the women in the film, Vivian Rothstein, co-founder of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union will lead the discussion following the movie. Two DePaul students will offer young women's commentaries on the film and the relevance to women's studies and activism today.

Free and open to the public

For more information call The Women's Center: 773-325-7559
Or email Diane Horwitz: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsored by The Women's Center, Latin American and Latino Studies Department, History Department, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Center for Latino Research, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program.

Naomi Weisstein Memorial Celebration

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The Herstory project is saddened by the death of Naomi Weisstein, an active member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, comedian, musician and pioneering neuroscientist who passed away in March. Naomi was a passionate and committed fighter for women’s liberation and she will be missed dearly. Her husband Jesse Lemisch and other loved ones are presenting a memorial for her in New York on September 20th.

The memorial is open to the public and will feature remembrances from Gloria Steinem, Martin Duberman, Amy Kesselman, Heather Booth and Naomi’s husband Jesse Lemisch. If you are interested in attending then please RSVP. Information is below.

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Film Showing: She's Beautiful When She's Angry


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Directed by Mary Dore

Opens at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre from March 13th 2015

3733 North Southport Ave, Chicago | 773 871 6607

Special Q&As with Mary Dore and women from the film

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!).

Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. She’s Beautiful aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.

The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual identity and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

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March for Climate Justice! Chicago on Sept. 6th and NYC on the 21st!



On September 21st, thousands will come to New York City for the People’s Climate March. Organized by Bill McKibben’s and a coalition of orther environmental groups, the march is expected to be perhaps the largest mobilization for climate justice in American history. It is part of a growing wave of activism and advocacy demanding that the US government take decisive action to radically reduce carbon emissions and stem the disastrous effects of climate change.

Another part of that wave passes through here in Chicago on September 6th -- and you should plan to be at it whether or not you’re intending to be in NYC.

The Great March for Climate Action

On March 1st of this year, hundreds of people in Los Angeles took the first steps in a march across the country bound for Washington, DC. The Great March for Climate Action will culminate in DC this November and will be passing through the Chicago area for a public march action on September 6th.

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The Girls in the Band - Movie and Brunch 8/16

Join Chicago Area Women's History Counciland AAUW Chicago for Brunch and Screening of the Film "The Girls in the Band"

Girls In the Band

Help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) and it's success promoting women positive films.

Saturday, August 16, 2014   

11:00 am - Brunch at Bravo Restaurant

1701 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL

1:00 pm - Movie Screening at Cinemark Evanston

Theater, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL

After the Film - Discussion with Director/Producer Judy Chaikin

In the 30s and 40s, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while other played side by side with male counterparts. By the mid 50s female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace, their names and contributions completely forgotten.

"The Girls in the Band" tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big ban instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. These talented women endured sexism, racism and thwarted opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

For more information, the trailer and rave reviews of the film go to:

Cost: Movie screening and Q & A - $20.00

     Brunch at Bravo Restaurant - $25.00

     Brunch and movie combo - $50 - includes special reserved seating  

Reservations required:

Mail checks, made out to AAUW, to Chicago AAUW, 2746 W. Morse Ave.

Chicago, IL 60645

or go online to purchase tickets:

This event is cosponsored by Chicago Area Women's History Council


Women and Labor Linked


The historical relationship between the labor movement and the women's movement has been brought back to public attention, thanks to the Supreme Court of the U.S.  On June 30, the last day of its session, the Court issued rulings that are harmful to both women and labor unions.  These rulings turn back previous advancements for both groups.

Many people are not aware of the role labor women played in the early history of the second wave women's movement.  With its recent decisions, the Supreme Court has reinforced why this untold story matters.

Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) will celebrate the contribution of labor women to the women's movement at an event on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

"Labor & the Women's Movement:  The untold story and why it matters" will review the history, including what really happened to Rosie the Riveter.  

The keynote speaker will be Brigid O'Farrell, author of Rocking the Boat - Union Women's Voices, 1915-1975 and She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker.

Several topics will be explored through panel discussions during the day:

  • The personal stories of labor women who played key roles in founding the second wave women's movement will be brought to life.
  • Young feminist historians who are writing about the second wave will present their new scholarship.
  • Success for women and labor through the legal system will be highlighted.
  • Women playing key roles today in a number of contemporary organizations will discuss their strategies for success.

The lunch speaker will be noted historian Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University.  She has written extensively on women's labor history.

The closing session will look to the future and stress the importance of women and labor working together to preserve the victories that have been gained. Closing speakers will be Dr. Emily E. LaBarbera Twarog, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois School of Labor & Employment Relations, and Mary Anne Sedey, St. Louis employment attorney.

Saturday night will feature an awards dinner, honoring feminists and labor leaders.

More details on the agenda and speakers as well as a registration form are available on the event website,

For hotel reservations, call 1-800-468-3571; use the group name, Veteran Feminists.


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