Women's Lib Demonstration NYC


1970 | 00:23:30 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Documentation, Feminism, Film or Videomaking, Gender, History, Labor

Ten thousand women marched down New York's Fifth Avenue on August 26th, 1970, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The march was part of a "Women's Strike for Equality" organized by veteran feminist leader Betty Friedan.

Shot at the march, this fascinating video begins with the Videofreex interviewing women sitting in cars alongside the route, asking them what they think about the issues being highlighted by the protesters. Footage of the march, which includes a wide cross section of women (and a smattering of men), is interspersed with interviews with protestors, counter protestors, and passersby. The footage includes a heated discussion between protestors and counter protestors.

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