Jennifer Lee: "Feminist: Stories from the Women's Liberation Movement."
Why are people reluctant to call themselves a "feminist"? Why aren't we proud of what the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and the 1970s did for us? I am making this documentary film about the significant events of the Women's Liberation Movement so that we can remember why we’re proud of the word "feminist." I have traveled all across the United States and interviewed over 30 feminists who participated in the Women’s Liberation Movement – including some famous faces. The Women's Liberation Movement was a momentous time in our history – when you see these feminists tell their stories, you will be proud to call yourself a feminist.
Why is this film important?
The fight for equality is not over. For example, today only 17% of our congress is female with only six female governors. In order to move forward and truly have equality we must embrace our history. Rejecting the word "feminist" holds us back. Hearing and seeing the stories of what these women did when they were college students during the Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements will show us how to move forward.
As a mother, it’s important to me that my child knows the history of women in the United States. Women have a rich history full of dramatic stories, tough fights, and huge successes. In order to create equality for women in the United States, we must honor the work done during the Women's Liberation Movement.
I completed all of the interviews with my own money. The cinematographers who shot the interviews did so for free. This film is a labor of love for all of us.
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