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NWL Proudly Presents a Screening of the Documentary, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, followed by a Panel Discussion to Celebrate Women’s History Month (view as PDF)
Gainesville, FL - National Women’s Liberation will be showing the documentary "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Wooly, located at 20 North Main Street in downtown Gainesville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 - $10 sliding scale. This event is co-sponsored by Gainesville Area National Organization for Women (NOW).
A panel of guest speakers will immediately follow the film. Guest speakers include:
• Kathie Sarachild, who joined the female liberation movement in 1967, working with New York Radical Women. Her radical feminist speeches and writings continue to be reprinted in anthologies. Today she is director of the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action.
• Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, who worked as a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) project leader during Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964 and is currently a professor of African American and Religious Studies at the University of Florida.
• Kendra Vincent, who is a feminist organizer for National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and the chair of the Florida chapter. She is a public high school English teacher and the elected secretary for Alachua County Education Association.
• Whitney Mutch, who is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied and taught Philosophy. She also holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College in Philosophy and Classical Languages. Ms. Mutch is the President for the Gainesville chapter of NOW.
“Knowing the particular women makes the movement very real. It provides real women and actual work to check against distortion, the distortion which prevents women from knowing the movement’s sources, knowing the groundwork and learning from it,” said Kathie Sarachild. “For instance, without knowing the particular women you cannot know that women did what they did quite deliberately and consciously, operating on the basis of theory, strategy, and experience. You may think it was an accident of ‘history’ that those women achieved what they set out to achieve in the first stage of their plan.”
"She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry" resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film, directed by Mary Dore, takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time—thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.
National Women’s Liberation is a feminist group for women who want to fight back against male supremacy and win more freedom for women. We believe change comes about from the actions of everyday people. We are a new group with old roots; we come from a collaboration between organizers from Redstockings of the Women's Liberation Movement (NY) and Gainesville (FL) Women’s Liberation that began in 1968. We are funded by the dues of women, not corporations or their foundations.