Women Who Make America from PBS Makers #fem2 #MAKERSchat


I completely agree with the protester shown here.  Women are multidimensional people.  We should not be defined by just one role in our lives.  We are much more than that.

I’ve told people for years that I was born a decade too late.  I know, hands down, I would have been a bra burner.  You can ask my boyfriend how often I complain about bras.  What a stupid invention.  (Genie Bras on the other hand… lol)

So last night, we were flipping through stations trying to find something to watch and came across this amazing show about women.  Wow!  How amazing these women are.  I am someone who has been through a lot of terrible things in my life – that I believe were precipitated just by the fact that I was born with a female body part.  (To give you an idea of some of my background I will tell you a really short story.  I was visiting my parents recently and my dad says, seriously, out loud:  “This woman [teaching trumpet on YouTube] is the only woman that has ever taught me anything.”  I will refrain from commenting further but it gives you an idea of where I might stand.)

So, anyhow, my feminist boyfriend and I watched this PBS program.

{Feminist = Someone who believes women are equal to men.}

I missed the beginning of the show but what I saw was amazing.  I’m going to watch the rest of the show right from this page once I make this post!  I really want you to share this post with others so they can benefit from this program as well.

Please, please, please watch the video and join the conversation! Use #fem2 if you tweet! Retweet this:

Here is a description of the program from the PBS website:

Makers: Women Who Make America will tell the remarkable story of the Women’s Movement for the first time. Built on an extraordinary archive of interviews already completed for the website Makers.com, the film will feature the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those – both the famous and unknown – caught up in its wake. Visit the MAKERS: Women Who Make America Trailer webpage


How you can get a copy of this program:

  1. You can purchase a DVD from the PBS website
  2. You can download a video copy from iTunes*
  3. Get the iPad app (see screen shot image above)

Here is a description of the program from iTunes*:

This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America’s history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.

Here is the Trailer (in the event you don’t have time to watch the entire thing right now):

Watch MAKERS: Women Who Make America Trailer on PBS. See more from Makers: Women Who Make America.



Here is Part One:

Watch Part One: Awakening on PBS. See more from Makers: Women Who Make America.


Here is Part Two:

Watch Part Two: Changing the World on PBS. See more from Makers: Women Who Make America.


Here is Part Three:

Watch Part Three: Charting a New Course on PBS. See more from Makers: Women Who Make America.


Please! Please! Please! Share this post with everyone you know. Share it with women everywhere. Share it with men.

These issues impact us all.

If you choose to comment, please comment by responding to one of these questions.

When you comment, please denote which question you are addressing:

  1. How does this film differ from what you previously knew about contemporary women’s history?
  2. Did this film complement what you learned in school or was it contradictory to what history you learned about women?
  3. How do you think the headlines in women’s magazines, blogs, and in the media compare to the headlines you saw discussed in the film?
  4. Alix Kates Schulman talked about writing a marriage agreement whereby she and herhusband agreed to split domestic chores and pleasures 50/50. If you were to think about couples today, do you think 50/50 is common? Realistic?
  5. Talking later in the film, Melissa Harris Perry says: “It is stunning how much the realities of home life still feel like something from the 1950’s. Even with a wonderful husband, even with a great partner, even if you’re married to a man who is himself a feminist, somehow you end up doingall the laundry and 90% of the grocery shopping.”  Do you find this to be true in your own home?
  6. Linda Fairstein notes: “Rape, unlike other crimes, has always been viewed as a victim precipitated crime. She must have done something to ask for this. Was it that she dressed provocatively? Was it that she drank too much? Was it that she flirted with theman who ended up attacking her?” {Please note, I am a sexual assault survivor myself so I may be sensitive to some of your comments.}
  7. In the 1980s Madonna says: “To the feminists, I would like to point out that they are missing a couple of things, I may be dressing like the typical bimbo, but I’m in chargeand isn’t that what feminism is all about?” At the time there was a reaction against Madonna.  How do you feel about it now?
  8. Abigail Pogrebin says: “I think my mother was angry about a lot of things and turned that anger into action, I don’t feel that anger, and sometimes I’m ashamed to admit it.”  – Do you feel motivated to act?  How?

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