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The women's liberation movement of the mid 20th century was a revolution. So why are people reluctant to call themselves "feminist?"

What is my film about? 

“Feminist: Stories of the Women’s Liberation Movement” is a documentary film. 

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.

Who is in the film?

In my film I have interviews with Betty Friedan (author of the controversial and best-selling book "The Feminine Mystique,") and author and activist Gloria Steinem. I also have interviewed Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Robin Morgan (activist and main organizer of the famous protest at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in 1969). Also included are feminists who worked in the Civil Rights Movement such as Frances M. Beal, Mary King, Heather Booth and Vivian Rothstein. I also interviewed a group of the original founders of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. This is just a sampling of the many courageous women and men (yes, there were men who fought alongside women in the feminist revolution) in my film.

How far along is the film?

I have an edited fine cut with only a few steps left to finish the film to apply to festivals. In order to finish, I have to complete the following:

1. Purchase the archival footage. This is all the cool footage of protests and marches like the feminist takeover of the Statue of Liberty and female flight attendants (then called stewardesses) demanding that they shouldn’t be fired for turning 35 years old! This footage is amazing to watch.

2. Hire a composer to write original music for the film.

3. Hire a title designer to design the final text in the film. 

Any perks for donating?

As the filmmaker, I have collected original archival items from the Women's Liberation Movement. I own fascinating posters, small press pamphlets and mimeographed books (that's how the feminists published their ideas), as well as original mimeographed copies of the songs sung at the Miss America Contest protest that disrupted the event (the last time the Miss America Contest was filmed live!). I'll be giving these items away to those who donate to this film.

Can we exceed the goal amount?

Yes. If more is raised, it will help marketing the film both in the US and internationally. The Women's Liberation Movement was an inspiration to women overseas. 

Can I make a Tax Deductible contribution to the film?

Yes! 

I am on Twitter.

And this is my blog.

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    You will receive a digital download of the director talking about one of the interesting events of the women's liberation movement and its significance to women's rights in the United States. It could be a story about first meeting Betty Friedan or sitting down with the founders of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. I have been studying the feminist revolution and interviewing feminists for many years and I have a lot of interesting stories. And, of course you are on the email list and you get a Thank You on Twitter.

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    This is a special category. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get a Thank You on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates. You get colorful buttons that say "Proud to be a Feminist."

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    You get a DVD of the film. In addition to this you get the emailed file of the director talking about the women's liberation movement. You get a big Thank You on Twitter and your name on the website. You also get all the updates via email. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You also get buttons that say "Proud to be a Feminist."

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