Cinema Women: A Success Story + Q&A (PG) 104 minutes

We have witnessed a revolution and lived to tell the tale.

WORLDwrite’s new film Women: a success story – a liberating tale for a new generation documents the great advances of the past 100 years and celebrates women as equals in the West today. Confronting contemporary myths and prejudices that suggest the world is awash with predators, misogyny and discrimination, forty women give us a fresh perspective, tell us we have nothing to fear and can do anything.

From across the generations, they share their life stories, what they overcome and what’s changed. Interwoven with original archive footage, we learn of women in the cotton mills, life during the war, the 1984 miners’ strike, from outdoor loos, terry nappies and illegal abortions to pre-marital sex, freedom and making it in what was once a man’s world.

Inspired by Joanna William’s book, Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars, the film tells us women have indeed made it and made it happen. This film urges us to revel in our progress and do it with men and not against them.

Constructed as a timeline, the film takes us from the past to the present, as generations of engaging and inspiring women aged 90 to 16 elaborate on their experience of life’s stages. From growing up to dating to education, work, child care and home life to equality now, the stories they share are revealing.

Their thoughts on feminism are illuminating too and the film’s brief foray into political campaigns extraordinary. Punctuated with legal changes and commentary from author Joanna Williams and archivist Dr Mari Takayanagi, we gain an understanding of history and progress.

Peppered with individual success stories from Nadine Strossen, first female president of the ACLU to Ivana Habazin, World middle weight champion boxer, we learn that today, everything is possible. All that holds us back is a narrative that tells us life is particularly difficult for women.

The film was a collective effort by over 100 volunteer researchers, transcribers, presenters and camera operators, alongside the expertise of contributors.

Read a review by Radio Times writer, presenter & film editor Andrew Collins.


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