History of Feminism

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Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Feminists of the 1800's and Angela Davis Blues Legacies and Black Feminism


Throughout history, women have suffered many injustices in the workplace including unequal wages, unsafe work conditions and predatory sexual harassment from male administrators. 

By early 2018, there have been some encouraging steps taken to change this, most notably in Hollywood and politics where courageous women standing up resulted in the exposure to this institutional crisis in workplace safety for women.

On this weeks From The Vault we showcase some of the Feminist efforts throughout history that helped shape the efforts we are seeing today. 

First we will play a program from 1982 called Feminism in the 1800s produced in 1982 and featuring author Ellen DuBois who writes about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frances Wright and others. 

Then we will play the 1998 talk by Angela Davis called Blues Legacies and Black Feminism. Angela Davis traces early blues artists including Gertrude "Ma" Rainy, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday to illustrate how black women helped shape feminist historical traditions through their music.

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