A documentary on the nationwide women's rights demonstrations known as the Women's Strike for Equality that took place across the country on August 26, 1970. This recording includes reports from the rallies that occurred in New York City, San Francisco and Berkeley. Joan Churton and Eleanor Sully describe the San Francisco rally, and play actuality from the rally including: Eileen Hernandez of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Judy Syfers (Brady) reading her essay "Why I want a wife," Linda (no surname given) from the San Francisco Gay Liberation Front. Then, Joan Holden and Sharon Lockwood of the San Francisco Mime Troupe talk with Churton and Sully in the KPFA studio about their feminist play, "Independent female", followed by an excerpt of the play. KPFA's Portia Shapiro describes NOW-Berkeley's march from the Board of Education building to City Hall and plays actuality from the march, along with person-on-the-street interviews. Bruce Soloway from WBAI-FM reports from the New York rally over the phone. Includes actuality of Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Eleanor Holmes Norton, head of NYC's Human Rights Commission, author Kate Millett, an unidentified woman from the Third World Women's Alliance, and Betty Friedan, founder of NOW, speaking in Bryant Park where the march culminated. Ends with a segment of WBAI's Larry Josephson interviewing men at a bar in downtown New York about women's equality.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.