Feminist Video

There are several documentary videos which either include CWLU activities or have interviews with people involved with the CWLU.

In addition, raw footage of the Chicago Women's Graphics Collective and the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band also exist. We hope that these will eventually appear in VHS and DVD format as well.

These links go directly to the video distributors. Most may be ordered directly online.

Jane: An Abortion Service is an inspiring documentary video about the CWLU affiliated abortion service produced by Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy. Excerpts from this video appear on this site. Available through Woman Made Films.

From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion is Dorothy Fadiman's history of underground abortion networks and the fight to legalize abortion. Jody Parsons and Ruth Surgal of the CWLU affiliated Jane are among those featured. Available from Concentric Media.

The Chicago Maternity Center Story from Chicago's award-winning Kartemquin Films shows the struggle to save home birth in Chicago. CWLU members Suzanne Davenport and Jenny Rohrer worked on the production of this documentary. Excerpts from this video will appear on this site. Available though Facets Multimedia.

Young Blood is part of the People's Century series. It contains news footage and interviews about the 1960's and 1970's and was produced by WGBH and the BBC. Vivian Rothstein, one of the founders of the CWLU, is interviewed. Available through WGBH.

Radical Harmonies chronicles the Women's Music Cultural Movement and revolution in the roles of women in music and culture. The video includes a short sequence of the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band narrated by former band member Susan Abod. Holly Near, Bernice Reagan, Kristin Lems, and Meg Christian are among the many fine performers featured.

Funny You Don't Look Sick tells how former Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band and CWLU member Susan Abod is living with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Susan describes in detail the nature of her illness. Also includes comments from Susan's numerous doctors and a visit with her CFIDS support group. Available from the Cinema Guild at 1-800-723-5522.

Union Maids tells the story of three union activists from the labor uprisings of the 1930's. One of these women, Vicky Starr, later joined the CWLU. Available from New Day Films.

Rebels With a Cause is the first documentary to tell the history of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). SDS was the largest student radical group of the 1960's and a number of CWLUers had experience as SDS members. The film has an interview with Vivian Rothstein, a CWLU founder. Available from Shire Films.

Freedom is Contagious focuses on second wave feminism and its links to the student radicals of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Casey Hayden, Vivian Leburg Rothstein, Marilyn Salzman Webb, Bernardine Dohrn, Alice Embree and Cathy Wilkerson. are among those interviewed. Available from Shire Films, 26873 Hester Creek Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033 -- (408) 353-4253. ($25 + $2 postage for individuals, see website for institution rates).

graphic by the Chicago Women's Graphics Collective

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