About this Event
The one-hour film will be followed by a discussion about race and gender in the labor movement led by Micky Devitt, J.D., labor lawyer and workers’ rights advocate. The discussion will revolve around how women in the labor movement reframed and impacted worker policy and public administration.
Union maids is an Academy Award Nominated documentary about sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO. The 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. It was the first film of its kind–an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women. The film was widely distributed in 16mm, including theatrical dates in about 20 cities.
"Union Maids is a work of art. Brilliantly edited, it is a piece of oral history so superbly shaped that it leaves you proud to be a human being." Vivian Gornick, VILLAGE VOICE
"An inspiring film about three magnificent women. This is the best film on labor history I have ever seen. I plan to show it again and again." Howard Zinn, author of A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE U.S.
Light Dinner Provided by the Center for Public Affairs Research
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