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How history erases women | Bogolo Joy Kenewendo | TEDxCapeTownWomen

Description Today, more than ever before, we have more publicly active women participants in leadership. The women leaders of today stand tall on the shoulders of women past. But where are these women in our history books, in our stories? What if we are currently living in a Woman Era, a period of women leadership? What do we need to do to ensure that those presently making history in this Woman Era won’t be erased? We travel with her through history as 32 year old Bogolo Kenewendo, former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana, reflects on incredible women who have laid the foundation for today’s Woman Era and challenges us to ensure that the Woman Era stands the test of time. Bogolo J Kenewendo is the Former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in the 11th Botswana Parliament. She was the youngest member of the 11th parliament and the youngest woman in the history of Botswana parliament and cabinet. She trained as a trade and economic diplomacy professional. She is the program leader of Molaya Kgosi Women Leadership and Mentorship Program, the Board Chair of Molaya Kgosi Trust, a member of the United Nations Secretary General (UN SG) António Guterres ‘s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council for Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a WEF Young Global Leader. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Who Tells Your Story? Exploring Women and Identity (National Portrait Gallery)

Description Women’s identities are complex, intersecting with race, class, sexuality, etc., and have often been overlooked or erased from history. What is the importance of being able to express yourself and voice your story? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson and Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas, as well as additional relevant artworks. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. To learn more, visit:

Remember The Ladies: The Importance of Women's History | Emily Krichbaum | TEDxColumbusWomen

Description Currently, less than 10% of American history curriculum focuses on women. And, of that 10%, 60% highlights American women as the helpmate and domestic partner. How are these selected historical examples shaping the attitudes of young boys and self-esteem of young girls? What would happen if we included more and more diverse stories of American women in American history--and young girls begin to see themselves in the curriculum they study? An expert in American women's history and politics, Dr. Emily Krichbaum earned her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and authored numerous articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century reformers. Her most recent work on Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be published by the University of Notre Dame press in 2020.

Histories of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Brown University)

Description “The politics of respectability” remains an organizing principle for understanding black women’s lives. How has respectability insisted on its relevance as an interpretive tool in historical studies? What is the current state of the field of histories of black women and girls? SPEAKERS 0:17​ Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University 14:20​ Tiffany Gill, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, University of Delaware 37:50​ Camille Owens, Doctoral Candidate, African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University Conference: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y: Black Women’s Studies since Righteous Discontent” at Brown University, September 20, 2019. Hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Co-sponsored by the Workshop for WOC Feminisms at Brown, Department of American Studies, Department of History, Department of Africana Studies, and the Pembroke Center.

Vox | The US medical system is still haunted by slavery

Description Black women's history matters in medicine. Read ProPublica's feature piece on how the US is the most dangerous industrialized country in which to give birth, and racial disparities in maternal mortality make it even worse for women of color:​ And they're seeking your help in understanding the problem. If you nearly died during pregnancy or know someone who died due to childbirth related causes, check out this page for more information:​ At 0:54​, a previous version of this chart mistakenly said "deaths per 1,000 live births," but it is "100,000" instead. The error has been fixed. UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 — New York removed the statue of J. Marion Sims as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s review of city markers that could be deemed “symbols of hate.”

Chien-Shiung Wu, "The First Lady of Physics" (Brown University Department of Physics)

Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell with Alison M. Parker (US National Archives)

Description Join us today as professor Alison M. Parker discusses her latest book, Unceasing Militant. Born into slavery during the Civil War, Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) would become one of the most prominent activists of her time, with a career bridging the late nineteenth century to the civil rights movement of the 1950s. The first president of the National Association of Colored Women and a founding member of the NAACP, Terrell collaborated closely with the likes of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and W. E. B. Du Bois to change the culture and institutions that perpetuated inequality throughout the United States. Joining Alison Parker in conversation will be professor Nikki Brown. For live captioning only, use:

US National Archives: They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Description In They Were Her Property, historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers has written a book that bridges women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history. Rather than land, women typically inherited slaves, who were their primary source of wealth. White women actively participated in the slave market, profited by it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that prompts a rethinking of women’s history and the history of slavery.

Women's History Month: Tonya Mitchell, Mechanical Engineering Technician (NASA)

Description “Don’t be afraid of math. Do your best. I wasn’t an A student — but here I am.” Tonya Mitchell is a Mechanical Engineering Technician at NASA's Glenn Research Center. This month we are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth​ with a video series highlighting some exceptional builders and makers. Learn all about how she and other #WomenAtNASA​ make ideas for satellites and aircraft come to life.

The History of the Equal Rights Amendment: 3 Things You Should Know (Harvard Kennedy School)

Description The Equal Rights Amendment was first written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman and introduced to the U.S. Congress in 1923. If ratified, the ERA would guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. In this video, HKS Professor Jane Mansbridge gives a brief overview of the history of the ERA and where it stands today.

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (US National Archives)

Description In Vanguard, historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women’s political lives in America. She recounts how they defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. From the earliest days of the republic to the passage of the Voting Rights Act and beyond, Jones excavates the lives and work of black women, such as Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Fannie Lou Hamer. Joining Professor Jones in conversation will be author and journalist, A'Lelia Bundles. Live captioning:


Please note that the films are accessible through Merrimack College (using your Merrimack credentials).


Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century - and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one's life to social change.

Solar Mamas: Are Women Better at Getting Out of Poverty Than Men?—Why Poverty?

Description Rafea Anad is the second wife of a Jordanian Bedouin husband. She attends India’s Barefoot College, an organization that takes uneducated, middle-aged women from poor communities and trains them to become solar engineers. But traditional family ties make it hard for some women, particularly Rafea, to pursue this opportunity. Her husband wants her home and threatens retribution unless she returns. This program follows Rafea as she overcomes difficulties to become a solar engineer, bringing sustainable energy to her village and inspiring other women to seek training, too. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A part of the series Why Poverty?

Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth Klüger

DESCRIPTION Ruth Klüger grew up in fascist Vienna, survived three years in Nazi concentration camps, and went on to become a college professor and a recognized authority on German literature. She also wrote Landscapes of Memory: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, an award-winning best seller said to be “as important as The Diary of Anne Frank—and equally unforgettable” by The Independent (London). In this documentary, Klüger doesn’t mince words as she shares her thoughts on her childhood in anti-Jewish Vienna, her post–World War II life in America, her experiences as a mother of two American sons, and the culture of commemoration that has grown up around the Holocaust. Filmed in Vienna, California, Göttingen, and Israel.

The Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston

DESCRIPTION When Maxine Hong Kingston was growing up in California, she listened to her parents’ stories and memories of their native China. In her highly acclaimed memoirs, The Woman Warrior and China Men, she linked those tales of tradition to the story of her own American experience, blending childhood memory, meditation, and magic. They are the most widely taught books by a living American author on college campuses today. In this program with Bill Moyers, Kingston discusses new images of America as a "melting pot" where the dutiful notions of the Puritans blend with the Chinese Monkey Spirit to produce a new American consciousness.

Latin American Women Artists 1915–1995

Description Surveying some of the most underappreciated art of the 20th century, this program documents a groundbreaking exhibit of work by Latin American women at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The video opens up the world of these bold and sensitive visionaries, illuminating their accomplishments, their impact on artists outside their own countries, and the relationship between cultural and artistic identity. Featuring the work of legendary painters Frida Kahlo and María Izquierdo—as well as living artists Fanny Sanin, Soledad Salame, Elba Damast, and many others—the program reevaluates notions of mainstream and margin in the contemporary art world.

Women's Leadership Online Summit: Radical Imagination Fueling Change (2019)

Description Talk: Radical Imagination Fueling Change Angela Glover Blackwell, Office of the Founder in Residence, PolicyLink, discusses lessons she's learned in an insightful talk.

Toni Morrison Uncensored

Description DESCRIPTION In this compelling program, world-renowned author Toni Morrison candidly answers questions regarding how she became a writer, the pain of empathizing with her characters, the sensual nature of her novels, and how it felt to win the Nobel Prize. In addition, she pulls no punches discussing how she first became aware of her racial otherness, how writing for a black audience has kept her work from becoming derivative, the societal uses of racism, and how racism leads to barbarism when individuals abdicate their humanity.

Code Name: Butterflies

Description Sometimes the courage for revolution comes from where you least expect it. The sun-soaked Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, 1960. An embattled people, suffering under the cruel tyranny of Rafael Trujillo, the most blood-thirsty dictator in Latin American history. Three beautiful and remarkable sisters--Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal--who are resolved to overthrow a government that their fathers, brothers, and husbands could not. Now for the first time the real story will be told on television: the story of the Butterflies (the code-name of the Mirabal sisters) and their courageous efforts to bring down one of the world's most ruthless dictators. It is a suspense-filled tale, about simple and ordinary housewives and mothers who rose to extraordinary heights in an extraordinary time. The Mirabals are a symbol of the men and women of all of the Americas who have lived under dictators like Trujillo, who pillages national treasuries and enslaved their own people. They represent the courageous few in any age who dare to risk their lives for human rights and democracy. "Code Name: Butterflies" is filled with powerful exclusive interviews with the Mirabal's relatives, friends, and other freedom fighters, and behind-the-scenes revelations by Trujillo supporters, who tell the dark side of the story. The documentary draws on photographs, film clips and letters, and is supported by dramatic recreations of key scenes. No one will be able to forget this dramatic and inspiring story.

Women and Work

Description Over the past few decades, life for many women across the globe has changed beyond all recognition. This fascinating series explores how, from the highest echelons of society, to the lowest rungs of the global ladder, a quiet revolution has been taking place. Women today have the power of self-determination; the autonomy to choose their own life paths and identities, rather than those enforced on them. And while there is still oppression and repression from West to East, females the world over are grasping opportunities denied to those who went before them. There has never been a better time to be born a woman thanks to recent progress on equal rights. In the final part of Her Story: The Female Revolution - we focus on the workplace and meet the women from Saudi Arabia to Brazil who are defying expectations and breaking through in the most unexpected places.

Mujeres Latinas: Santas y Marquesas

Description To know a Latina, one must know historical, political, and sociocultural contexts that have influenced our socialization processes. Professor Arredondo discusses three historical icons that influence feminist Latina thinking as well as her own abuela/grandmother who also modeled attributes of empowered, humble yet regal womanhood. Four frameworks are used as backdrops to the description of the icons: 1. Latino-specific competencies, 2. Psychohistorical framework, 3. Tenets of mestizo psychology, and 4. Attributes about women's development entre fronteras/ on the borderland, and in the wild zone.

Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat (2000)

Description An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women’s experiences. In this program, she explicates her haunting video installations Shadow Under the Web; Turbulent; Soliloquy; Rapture; and Fervor, as well as her seminal series of still images, The Women of Allah. In addition, she discusses being both an insider and an outsider in two different cultures, the narrative power of cinema, sexual taboos in Islamic society, the tension between traditional and modern values, the nature of expression when expression itself is forbidden, and the quiet strength and bravery of women that prompts them to rebel against repression.

Women in the military. Brevet Major Pauline Cushman-Fryer : Civil War spy

Description Performed by Constance Smith, Pauline Cushman-Fryer tells us how she became a Union Spy, got caught and was almost hanged, why Abraham Lincoln granted her the rank of Major, and how she died lonely in San Francisco from an overdose of opium.