The Changing Role of Hispanic Women (44:00)The traditional role of wife and mother is changing rapidly to that of independent, self-sufficient working woman for many American Latina women. In this program, several prominent Latina women, including author Isabel Allende, and actress Jennifer Lopez discuss their changing role within the context of Hispanic family values, male machismo, and the traditional role of females as the center of family and community life. A psychiatrist and several Hispanic men examine the issue from the male perspective. Hosted by actor Jimmy Smits.
Mary Silliman's War (95:00)Filmed under the auspices of Colonial Williamsburg’s Institute for Early American History and Culture, this classic drama relates the true story of Mary Silliman, whose husband, a Connecticut State’s Attorney, was kidnapped in 1779 by Tories in revenge for his prosecution of two local Loyalists. The film has been widely acclaimed for its authentic portrayal of daily life in colonial America as well as its nuanced look at the impact of the Revolutionary War on families. Students will have many themes to discuss: Silliman’s subversion of gender roles for colonial-era women, her religious dilemma about the morality of war, and the fact that this often-idealized turning point in American history was nearly as divisive as the Civil War to a nation still forging its identity.
Wasps and Witches: Women Pilots of World War II (52:00)This fascinating documentary introduces the previously untold story of the forgotten fliers of the Second World War: women pilots from Britain, the United States, Russia, and Germany. These pilots risked everything for their countries and pioneered the way for others at a time when flying was the sole prerogative of men. Because of widespread skepticism, they had to prove their worth and their ability to do a “man’s” job. With unique archival footage and present-day interviews with the pilots themselves, this inspiring film offers unique insight into the experiences of the thousands of courageous women who have been “written out” of the history books.
The Women's List (54:00)The Women’s List, directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, tells the story of fifteen remarkable women - showcasing their passions, determination and achievements. With direct-to-camera portrait-style interviews, the 60-minute documentary includes some of today’s most accomplished and influential American women. Subjects include Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakeley, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Elizabeth Holmes, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Shonda Rhimes, Wendy Williams and Nia Wordlaw. The Women’s List was produced by the makers of The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List, and The Boomer List.
Women at War (46:00)Describes the role of women in the war as soldiers, spies, nurses and providing support.
Women First & Foremost (184:00)Hosted by Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno and Dee Wallace Stone, Women First & Foremost offers shining examples of how generations of women have achieved their deserved place at the forefront of history.
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On the Basis of SexInspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsbury, Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.