here at home in our local community.
All editions of our TV show, New Directions for Women, are archived in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, it is available to historians, scholars, and students in perpetuity. Our program was chosen because of its content and technical level as well as because it is indicative of the many issues of concern to women in the late 20th and early 21st Century.
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The Original Activists: Black Feminism and the Black Feminist Movement
“Contemporary Black feminism is the outgrowth of countless generations of personal sacrifice, militancy, and work by our mothers and sisters.” – The Combahee River Collective The Tradition of Black Feminism The tradition of black feminism stems from the condition of being both Black and a woman. It characterizes itself by a multi-dimensional approach to liberation Read more …
The Uphill Battle for Women in Government: Part I
The path for women gaining representation in government has never been linear. When seeing more female representation in our everyday lives, it is easy to conflate these wins with a general trend of increasing representation. The truth, however, is that women still face disproportionate under-representation in all aspects of government leadership. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) recently released its 2021 map tracking women Read more …
Economic Justice – We Are Not Percentages of a Dollar: Solutions for Equal Pay Day Every Day
Under the Trump Administration these past four years, the bold advances that women have made over the past decades, particularly those of our Black, Indigenous, Women of Color, Latinx, trans, and gender non-conforming relatives, have come under threat of regressing. We know the first 100 days are crucial in setting the tone and establishing priorities Read more …
The Evidence is In: Science-Based Sex Education Creates Informed, Healthy Teens
In order to make good decisions, one has to be informed. This is not the case for the vast majority of high schoolers taking sex education classes. It’s a statistic that many don’t want to acknowledge, but it’s a statistic that is true: around 40% of high schoolers have been sexually active. Not only that, Read more …
100 Years to Gain, 1 Month to Lose: The Precarity of Women’s Jobs Under the Pandemic
“Women have lost so much ground in the pandemic; it could take years for them to recover from the economic stress created by losing their jobs and critical family income. We have to make sure that millions of women and their families do not fall into even deeper poverty. What we need is a major plan, much Read more …