American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, VOL 3

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American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, VOL 3
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Women's History Month 2015 Collection


1 MP3 disc / 19 hours 20 minutes 


The Dinner Party / Judy Chicago interviewed by Karla Tonella


Feminist visual artist Judy Chicago, one of the founders of the Women's Building in Los Angeles and author of "Through the Flower," talks with Karla Tonella, KPFA, about her exhibit "The Dinner Party," a major piece of sculpture that encompasses the history of western women from the beginning of time using traditional crafts and symbols as well as the new technology and feminist ideas.  Recorded in 1979.  (from AZ0295, 33 minutes)


Lesbian purges in the military / produced by Karla Tonella


Panel with four women who were in the military from 1946 until 1980 including Judy Grahn, author of "The Common Woman Poems," Pat Bond from the film "Word is Out," Sharon Isabel, author of "Yesterday's Lessons." and Debra DeBont of the Women Veterans Information Network. (from AZ0499, 55 minutes)


Rosh Hashanah through a Feminist Eye / Stacey Offner interviewed by Ginny Z. Berson


Stacy Offner, rabbinical student at the Reformed Jewish Seminary, talks in 1981 about the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, both in the traditional sense and for feminists today. She also talks about the contradictions of being a Jewish feminist, and the connections Jewish women can make to their culture, history, and religion. Mixed with music.  (from AZ0631.02, 27 minutes)


Alice Walker: The Color Purple

This 1982 program contains an interview, a speech, and readings from Alice Walker's book, "The Color Purple". In the interview, Walker talks about God, faith, lesbians, publishers and writing as healing. Walker also talks about writing in dialect. The readings are intermixed with music.  (from AZ0676, 61 minutes)

Betty Davis at the San Francisco Film Festival


Film actress Bette Davis is interviewed before a live audience in 1969 at the San Francisco Film Festival.  (from AZ1181, 38 minutes)


An interview with Dr. Han Suyin /conducted by Marshall Windmiller


Marshall Windmiller interviews Dr. Han Suyin, noted writer and lecturer and author of "A Many-Splendored Thing," who discusses her life and work, her publications on the Chinese revolution, the Vietnam War, Communism, and the new Western colonialism and imperialism in this 1967 recording.  (from BB1207, 61 minutes)


Sappho / read by Beryl Grafton


The lyrics of Greek poetess Sappho (born between 615-612 BC) are read by Beryl Grafton, and accompanied by Daniel Moore on the harp in this 1968 recording.  (from BB2018, 32 minutes)


Women speak out against fascism / Marie W. Johnson


This panel, at a conference held by the Black Panther Party during the weekend of July 18-20, 1969 in Oakland, is introduced by Marie Johnson, and includes Roberta Alexander, Marlene Dixon, Evelyn Harris, Carol Henry, Penny Nakatsu, and Carol Thomas.  (from BB2250.03a-b, 58 minutes)

Whatever Became of Margaret Hamilton?


Interview with Margaret Hamilton,  an American film actress who is best known for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.  (from BB3863.67, 29 minutes)


Odetta / interviewed by Celestine Ware


African American folk, blues, jazz and spirituals singer Odetta (1930-2008) discusses her life in America, and her experiences in the music industry, in this easy going 1971 interview, recorded just before the closing of New York's Fillmore East.  Odetta sings Paul McCarney's "Every Night," her own "Hit or Miss," Elton John's "Take Me To The Pilot," and "Give a Damn" (Bob Dorough / Stuart Scharf).  (from BC0047, 61 minutes)


The blood jet is poetry: the life and work of Sylvia Plath / Mimi Weisbord Anderson and Nanette Rainone


This biographical sketch of poet Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) includes interview footage with Plath by Peter Orr from the British Council, recorded in London in October 1962. During this interview she reads the following poems: Stopped Dead, Daddy, Lady Lazarus, The Applicant, Medusa, A Secret, Amnesiac, Nick and the Candlestick, and A Birthday Present.  (from BC0636a-b, 124 minutes)


Elinore Pruitt Stewart letters: letters from a woman homesteader / read by Luce Morgan


A 1972 reading of letters written by a woman homesteader, Elinore Pruitt Stewart (1876-1933) in Wyoming around 1910 relating to her duties as house cleaner and laundress at a nurses' institution in Denver, her relationship and excursions with her two-year-old daughter Jerrine, and her thoughts on owning her own ranch someday.  (from BC0721.01-03, 85 minutes)


A lady doesn't take karate / moderated by Lois Hansen


Eight Bay Area feminists talk about learning karate, both in traditional schools and in the newer, women-only self-defense classes, the physical and mental challenges of karate, and the need to defend themselves and their changing images of themselves.  This 1972 recordings is moderated by Lois Hansen.  (from BC0937, 46 minutes)


Pensamientos femeninos


The 1974 perspective of five Chicanas in the Women's Movement: Adelaida Del Castillo, linguistics major at UCLA and associate editor of Encuentro Femenil; Francisca Flores, director of the Chicana Service Action Center; Alicia Escalante, founder of and consultant to the Chicana Welfare Rights Organization; Evelina Alarcon, first Chicana director of the Marxist organization El Instituto del Pueblo; and Maria Santilenas, former inmate at the California Institute for Women (CIW) in Frontera.  (from BC1817, 60 minutes)


The First movie director's name was Alice / produced by Terry Hodel


Documentary on women editors, writers, actresses and directors throughout film history, including Alice Guy Blache (1873 - 1968), who was the world's first director; Anita Loos (1889 - 1981), screenwriter; and Mae West (1893 - 1980), who wrote and starred in her own films.  (from BC1880, 50 minutes)


Virginia Woolf: voices that fly ahead / produced by Maureen McIlroy


A 1974 documentary on Virginia Woolf - her work, and her life, based on the letters, diaries, and published works of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, in an original production for KPFK by Maureen McIlroy.  (from BC2110a-b, 88 minutes)



Everywomanspace - February 12, 1979


Speeches from a women's rally on February 10, 1979 in support of Bella Abzug (1920 - 1998), social activist and U.S. Representative from New York who was fired from the National Advisory Committee for Women (NACW) for criticizing President Carter's economic policies. Speakers include Judy Lerner, Mary Brown Williams Ledbetter, Jean O'Leary, Gloria Steinem, Elaine Horowitz, and Abzug herself.  (from IZ0449.04, 60 minutes)


Women and the world in the 1980s - Audre Lorde


Blanche Wiesen Cook interviews poet, essayist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde (1934-1992) about her new book, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography (Persephone, 1982), from which Lorde reads excerpts and discusses her relationship with her mother, her process of becoming a reader, writer and poet, and her experiences with racism as a child and as an adult.  (from IZ1349.09, 53 minutes)


A conversation with Ntozake Shange / interviewed by Clare Spark


Ntozake Shange, the black feminist poet, author of "For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf," is interviewed in 1977 by Clare Spark on The Sour Apple Tree. Shange discusses reactions to her work and emphasizes how the poems are misperceived by many critics.  (from KZ0209, 55 minutes)


A blind blues street singer / Flora Molton


Flora Molton, blind blues street singer Flora Molton, of Washington, D.C., tells stories of her past, sings and plays slide guitar, and explains why she has chosen to be a performer of the street in this 1976 recording.  (from WZ0050, 30 minutes)


The growth of jazz / Betty Carter


Jazz musician Betty Carter discusses her life, her music, changes in jazz since the 1950's, and the differences in the way musicians work, modern music and individual style.  (from WZ0130, 54 minutes)




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