PBS released a documentary that chronicles women in America during the last half-century. “Makers: Women Who Make America” initially aired in February of 2012, but I was fortunate enough to randomly catch it when channel surfing last week. This film reminded me of the available literature and films that tell the story of the progression of women in the United States.
In honor of International Women’s Day and International Women’s Month (yes, you guessed it: March 2013), I wanted to highlight some outstanding books and films either written by women or about women.
An initiative by PBS
“Makers” tells the stories of women from the turn of the century to today. The program documents past pivotal moments until today. It challenges us to recognize when a new generation is both defending and questioning the legacy of their mothers.
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide
by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Babcock and Laschever explore why women hesitate when it comes to salary negotiation and asking for what they want. Often, women will forsake an opportunity to negotiate if it means avoiding conflict. The book will empower you and help you identify what you can do to get the courage to ask for what you want.
How to be a Woman
This witty, refreshingly funny book takes an irreverent stand against sexism. Moran walks you through adolescence, dating, marriage, motherhood and how being a feminist has impacted each stage of her life.
“What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist? Hahaha. Of course you are.”
Also, read more about my thoughts on Moran here: http://teaandtulips.tumblr.
Lastly, consider participating in this event: What drives empowerment? – An International Women’s Day live chat: http://live.worldbank.org/
March 6, 11 am EST
This chat will explore women, their sense of empowerment and how gender norms influence their aspirations and opportunities.