Tuesday evening I watched the PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Made America. It was the most thrilling documentary I’ve ever seen. I wondered why so much of it was new to me, and I realized that when the Women’s Movement started there was so much animosity toward it that the events that made it exciting and life changing were not common knowledge. Everything about the movement that was world-shattering was played down, made invisible.
I knew nothing about what the Women’s Liberation Union was doing in New York, nothing about the first woman to enter the New York Marathon, nothing about the sit-in at The Ladies Home Journal, nothing about the numbers of women marching in New York, and I was an active feminist! I was part of the class-action suit that finished off gender-based classified want ads in Chicago, and yet I was ignorant of events in other cities. I didn’t know about the large part Phyllis Schlafly played in stopping the passage of the ERA. Depressing but an important part of the total picture. Please watch it…It will make you feel good. http://www.pbs.org/makers/home/ and http://www.makers.com/.