Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mar 4, 11am: Feminist Radio: The 70's Revisited

Michelle Haimoff, Ben Siegel, Kyla Massey, Layla Love, Dani Faints and I were lucky enough to attend the event the radio show below is based on.  Personally, I was in shero-worship mode during the event, listening to women who worked so hard to secure the rights we now take for granted.

Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Co-Chair

On Thursday, March 4th @ 11 am
Joy of Resistance presents

A Women's History Month Special
 Women's Liberation: The 70's Revisited

*On WBAI, 99.5 FM & streaming live on the web @* 

With excerpts from "Women's Liberation: The 70's Revisited," a forum held at the LGBT Center on November 12, plus additional interviews, music, feminist news and International Women's Day announcements. Panel Speakers: Ti Grace Atkinson, Noreen Connell, Liz Abzug, Myrna Danzig, Phyllis Chesler; interviews with Frances Beal & Carol Hanisch. Making sense of the decade that came after the 60's--and what we can learn from it.

According to Carol Hanisch, "the seventies came in like a lion and went out like a lamb." She should know, having been in the Radical Feminist branch of the movement from its beginnings in 1968. (The National Organization for Women was the other branch, founded in 1966). She originated the first demo covered by national media that put the nascent movement on the map (The Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968) and watched throughout the 70's as the original radicals of the movement were replaced by "professionals, academics and opportunists." She also wrote about it in her essay "The Liberal Takeover of the Women's Liberation Movement." (Redstockings' Feminist Revolution, 1973). In our interview she speaks of how this pattern was repeated for many of the movements born in the 60's.

The panel on November 12 at the LGBT Center, put on by SAGE and the Women's Coffee House, was well attended and passionate, nostalgic and  eclectic, including the legendary Ti Grace Atkinson revealing her recent research showing that women do not make 78 cents on every male dollar, but only 38 cents (!), Phyllis Chesler, giving a hysterically funny account of the ego tripping of the newly famous feminists of the 70's, Myrna Danzig telling us what it was like to be a lesbian feminist in the heyday of that lifestyle, Noreen Connell giving us the lowdown on Chuck Schumer and more and Liz Abzug cheering us on to communicate with the next generation.

We included a portion of a previous interview we did with Black Women's Liberation pioneer Frances Beal, who gives us an idea of what some Black feminists were doing during the 70's (sadly there were not any women of color on the LGBT panel) as well as the interview with Carol Hanisch.

Bio's of those you will hear from on this show:

Liz Abzug is the President/Founder of the Bella Abzug Learning Institute where high school and college women are taught debating, specific leadership skills, and civic engagement so that they can become the inspired, dynamic leaders of the present and future. Abzug is a Professor of Urban Studies and Women and Leadership at Barnard College/Columbia University (13 years) and formerly a senior government administrator.

Ti-Grace Atkinson formed the October 17th Movement, which morphed into The Feminists. The October 17th Movement ended up being the bridge between mainstream and radical feminism. Ti-Grace was active in the Women's Movement since the 1960's and author of Amazon Odyssey.

Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at CUNY. She is the author of the landmark "Women and Madness" and of twelve other books including "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman." Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women's Health Network (1974) and is a charter member of the Women's Forum(1973-74).

Noreen Connell is the former State President of the National Organization for Women and NYC Chapter of NOW. She has also served as Executive Director of the Educational Priorities PanelAssistant Commissioner of NYS Dept. of Labor, and state chair of the National Women's Political Caucus.

Myrna Danzig with others, started the Women's Center and Women's Studies Program at Montclair State University. Danzig came out in 1974 and was active inN.Y. Radical Feminists, the original Women's Coffee House Fort Dyke.

Carol Hanisch Founding member of the New York Radical Women, 1967; originator of the Miss America Pageant Protest 1968 (the first Second Wave action that brought the Women's Liberation Movement to the attention of the media); author of the groundbreaking paper: "The Personal is Political," 1969, and editor of Redstockings' book: "Feminist Revolution," 1973; Editor of the journal "Meeting Ground," 1978-1992.

Frances Beal was a co-founder of the SNCC Black Women's Liberation Committee, wrote the classic paper on Black Women's Liberation: Double Jeopardy, was a co-founder of the Black Women's Alliance and the Third World Women's Alliance and edited and published the journal Triple Jeopardy during the 70's. She is a writer and commentator on national and international politics.

Produced by Fran LuckNews written by Fran Luck, with Pete Dolack,NewsreadersFran Luck and Annie Tummino.

MusicI Am Woman, Hear Me RoarHelen ReddyFulani ChantSweet Honey in the Rock, Mountain Moving Day, New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band.

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