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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

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New England Premiere

Director: Mary Dore

Up until the 1960s, many Americans believed that a woman’s place was in the home. Newspapers divided their Help Wanted section into two categories: jobs for men and jobs for women. The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and early 1970s changed all that.

The movement’s leaders successfully lobbied Congress for a childcare act (vetoed by Richard Nixon). They took to college campuses and city streets to demand equality. And some burned their bras while their male counterparts in the anti-war movement burned their draft cards.

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY chronicles the movement as its members fought sexism both mundane and vicious, and negotiated the new sexuality of their day, including the birth control pill. From the Boston Women’s Health Collective (who created the legendary book Our Bodies, Ourselves) to the Jane Collective (who received medical training to provide then-illegal abortions), women didn’t just ask for change: they enacted it.

But there was also much tension in the ranks—between lesbians and straight women, white and black women, those who believed all men were the enemy and those who sought male allies and lovers.

Featuring revealing interviews with Rita Mae Brown, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Muriel Fox of the National Organization for Women, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY illuminates an era that changed the role of women in the United States forever.

—Anya Weber

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