Women’s History Through Film

Every so often, we like to remind folks about the incredible wealth of content available through the Library’s streaming databases, such as Kanopy. And what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than watching a series of documentaries about inspiring women?

Film Image - Chisholm '72 Unbought and UnbossedFor those wanting to learn more about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress who launched an unprecedented campaign for president in 1972, check out Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed. This trailblazing hero is still an inspiration for leaders from marginalized communities who are fighting for a seat at the table.

Film Image - Rita Moreno Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for ItAnother trailblazer who has been in the entertainment industry for over 70 years and counting is Rita Moreno, renowned EGOT (a winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, AND Tony awards) who has graced the stage and screen (big and small), and served as a role model for countless Puerto Rican and Latinx artists. Learn more about Moreno’s life and contributions in Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Film Image - Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinWe always love to honor and highlight writers here at the Library, and Women’s History Month is the perfect opportunity to learn more about women’s contributions to literature. Among Kanopy’s offerings is Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a documentary about the groundbreaking Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer and creator of worlds. Another writer to celebrate is Amy Tan, whose work in fiction and non-fiction reflects her parents’ challenges and resilience as Chinese immigrants in the United States. Learn more by watching Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir.

Film Image - Amy Tan Unintended MemoirCheck out the numerous additional offerings from Kanopy related to women’s history this month to learn more about the women who have helped define American history and culture!


~ Posted by Emily G.

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