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“The Heretics”: Women of the Heresies Collective

| April 12, 2010

The author interviews the maker of a documentary that captures a prolific period of feminist art, focusing on the collective as, according to the film web site, “a microcosm of the larger international women’s movement, in which thousands of small, private groups of women met together in forms unique to their own settings.” More »

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

| March 29, 2010

Director Kamala Lopez’s film tells the story of the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, one who bridged the suffrage, civil liberties, anti-war and women’s movements of 20th century America. More »

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

| March 1, 2010

Women & Hollywood’s blogger here assesses the implications of a historic win for Kathryn Bigelow. More »

Hollywood’s Niche for Black Actresses

| February 18, 2010

As a few African American women are celebrated during this award season, pop culture commentator Courtney Young asks how many Hollywood doors are actually open. More »

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

| February 9, 2010

Eleven years after the launch of V-Day, Eve Ensler sets out to do for girls what she did for women—uncover the truth of their experiences and create a global dialogue. Her new book is being published February 9. More »

Creating Molly Ivins, Red Hot Patriot

| January 13, 2010

How twin sisters are inspired to write their first theater piece and, with the help of some well-placed friends, go on to entice Kathleen Turner to star in the vehicle—all to provide a legendary journalist with her “second act.” More »

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

| December 23, 2009

A new documentary, to air next week on PBS’s “American Masters,” paints the creator of Little Women and its feminist heroine Jo as a complex personality, caught up in the needs of a difficult family. More »

“Truth Goes Marching”

“Truth Goes Marching”

| December 10, 2009

Historian Janus Adams reflects on two Civil War exhibits in New York, featuring John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. In a footnote she finds her key to women’s truth, hiding in the margins of history and giving us insight into the issues of today. More »

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

| November 5, 2009

With the confidence of a seasoned performer, Gabourey Sidibe portrays a particular character with universal appeal. The movie, based on a Sapphire novel, opens in limited release on Friday. More »

Gender Discrimination in Filmmaking—Bollywood Style

| October 13, 2009

Moviemaking styles may vary between Hollywood and Bollywood, but women working in the Indian commercial film industry have as difficult a time as their counterparts in the United States getting good roles and investment in their films. Director Zoya Akhtar takes a satiric look in Luck by Chance. More »