Thursday Nov 23
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thanksgiving POTLUCK - feel free to bring desserts and drinks!
SISTERS OF '77
directed by Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell
to watch FILM TRAILER
Twenty thousand people from across the U.S. gathered in Houston, Texas on a historic weekend in November 1977 for the first federally funded National Women's Conference, aiming to end discrimination against women and promote their equal rights. In the crowd were former first ladies Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson, current first lady Rosalyn Carter and women of all ages, ethnicities and political backgrounds. Combining footage of the conference with interviews—both then and now—with influential women’s leaders such as Barbara Jordan, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Smeal, Ann Richards and Coretta Scott King, SISTERS OF '77 is a fascinating look at that pivotal weekend in 1977, an event that not only changed the lives of the women who attended, but the lives of Americans everywhere.
Filmmakers Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell began researching SISTERS OF ’77 as an opportunity to capture an historic event that was also part of their personal history: Salzman Mondell, who attended the conference, was also one of the many relay runners that helped carry a torch to Houston from Seneca Falls, New York—the site of the first U.S. women’s rights convention in 1848. On the table at the 1977 conference were countless hot-button issues that ran the gamut of American women's concerns: equal pay, day care, healthcare, minority rights, abortion, lesbian rights and workplace discrimination. After four days of feverish arguments, all-night caucuses, and with the attention of both protesters and the world's media upon them, the women hammered out a plan of action, ending the weekend ready to take on the world.