In 1963, a California housewife named Helen B. Andelin published Fascinating Womanhood, eventually selling millions of copies to women around the world. Her ideas about femininity and the role of women directly confronted the Women’s Liberation Movement as it gained momentum in the 1960s and 70s. Despite being a product of its time, Fascinating Womanhood continues to provoke strong responses from both critics and champions.
This feature documentary explores Helen B. Andelin’s life and the varied responses to her book. The film also provides context for other popular books of the era, including The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan, Sex and the Single Girl (1964) by Helen Gurley Brown, and Total Woman (1973) by Marabel Morgan.
We began interviewing in 2010 and have funded the film with our own means, including trips to Missouri and California, key historical locations for Helen and the movement. We recently returned from Osaka, Japan, where we filmed a Fascinating Womanhood study group, proving that Helen’s ideas cross cultural boundaries and still resonate today.
We would love your help funding this fascinating film. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!) Your donation will fund post-production, which includes editing, sound editing, mixing, color correction, and distribution*.
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