On International Women’s Day, this Sunday, March 8, FilmScene will screen Mary Dore’s historical documentary, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, which traces the beginning of the modern women’s movement in 1966, from the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to radical feminist groups like W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell).
The film plays at 11 a.m., and attendees are invited to stick around after the film for a panel discussion with Ellen Lewin, a Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and anthropology professor, Landon Storrs, an associate professor of history and Laurie Haag, director of the Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC).
“What I think is important about projects like this is that they actually allow feminists to tell their own stories and histories,” said Laurie Haag, the director of WRAC.
“We forget how much that we take for granted now is a direct result of this movement — rights that we didn’t have, services and opportunities that simply were not available to women,” she said.
Event organizer Sara Sedlacek is the Regional Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. She said the event is about “educating, inspiring and ensuring the conversation about the importance of feminism continues in a positive and informed way.”
“We have come a long way, but our fight for women’s equality in our society and around the world is certainly not finished,” she added.
The event is free with a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
The screening is sponsored by WRAC, GWSS, the Iowa Women’s Archive, Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic.