Women’s History Month—Week 4—Gender, Politics and Culture
By Carole Schor
It’s been an incredible month celebrating women, inspiring us to soar and claim our feminine power. This week our amazing coalition of Mexican, American and Canadian women in conjunction with the Center for Global Justice, brings us more inspiration, more power, and more great films and speakers.
Iron Jawed Angels
Tue, Mar 24, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
“Women Moving Beyond Capitalism”
Wed, Mar 25, 11am
Thu, Mar 26,1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
“Third Wave Feminism”
Fri, Mar 27, 11am
On March 24, Ser Mujer and Global Justice are proud to show the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe winning Iron Jawed Angels, the story of militant suffragists led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) and with Angélica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt and Julia Ormond as Inez Mulholland. These revolutionary women would not let jail or punishment or forced feeding stop them as they fought and won the right for women to vote, using nonviolent tactics and peaceful dialogue to revolutionize the American feminist movement in the early 1900s.
On March 25, we are honored to present Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program for the Center for International Policy in Mexico City. Ms. Carlsen will be speaking on “Women Moving beyond Capitalism: A New World is Necessary.” The US-funded war on drugs in Mexico, according to Ms. Carlsen (an advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureates), while losing its power in the United States due to legalization and diminishing the economic advantages of a black market economy as the conduit for billions of dollars of laundered money and militarization funding, continues to be a war on impoverished Mexican youth and a war on their mothers and daughters who are speaking out against human rights violations, disappearances, and murders.
Girl Rising, shown on March 26, is a feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. One girl with courage is a revolution. Nine girls born into unspeakable poverty and generations-old female illiteracy tell their stories of the power of education to change the future for girls and, in turn, change the future of the world. Narrated by such luminous stars as Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek and written by prize-winning authors such as Edwidge Danticat of Haiti and Zarghuna Kargar of Afghanistan, these are the stories of young girls from different parts of the world who have faced the most horrendous circumstances of slavery, child marriage, rape, and human trafficking to overcome nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.
We finish out this incredible month of celebrating women on March 27 with Betsy Bowman, president of the Center for Global Justice, presenting the work of Silvia Federici, a Marxist-feminist thinker and activist and author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Ms. Federici’s work teaches an extremely important issue in the struggle for more rights for Mexican women, wages for housework. The contribution women make to the world, their villages, and families through their housework and child-raising is of equal value to so-called men’s work and deserves to be adequately compensated. This could change how women are seen in the world and therefore change the world itself!