Yearly Archives: 2019

Those Women Who Changed the World Part 1

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Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska Curie deserves two places on this list as she actually manages to change the world on two separate occasions. Not only was she the founder of radioactivity (so of life itself, basically), but her discoveries led to effective cures for cancer. Curie was studying physics in Paris when she met Pierre, the man who would become both her husband and collaborator. They identified two new elements together: polonium and radium. After Pierre had passed away, she raised a large sum of money in both Europe and the U.S. to fund laboratories and to develop treatments for cancer. As well as having enormously high intelligence, Curie was […]

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10 Great Feminist Movies – Part 3

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Marianne and Juliane (1981) Margarethe von Trotta is a filmmaker who started making films during the 1970’s New German Cinema wave. These films were often focused on the state’s difficulties with repression. Her earlier films looked at the relationships between women from a psychological standpoint. These women were often close friends or sisters. In this particular film, the filmmaker incorporates the themes of family guilt and state repression. The movie is based loosely on real-life sisters Gudrun and Christiane Ensslin- the former being a significant member of the Red Army Faction. The film uses a number of flashbacks to show us the two women- one a street fighter, the other […]

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10 Great Feminist Movies – Part 2

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The Company of Strangers (1990) This movie utilises the real-life stories of the all-female cast in the construction of the story, which looks at senior citizens coming together for a trip. When the coach has broken down in the countryside, the only thing they can do is get to know one another and work together for their own survival. Each woman is over 70 years of age, the younger and black driver aside, and come from various backgrounds and cultures, including a nun, a lesbian, a middle-class widow, and a Native American woman. The women engage in conversations, with many being improvised and based on the experiences of the actors, […]

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10 Great Feminist Movies – Part 1

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Each film in this list is fictional, portrays female protagonists, and was made by women. Each is also all about the concept of liberation. Many great films exist that show woman who are living under male order and patriarchal law. The following, however, focuses on the celebration of women. The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) It’s a fact, however unrecognisable, that women have played a key role in the history of filmmaking. Not unlike the Suffragettes, whose activism was only recorded in the news in the early 20th century, women were also activists in the world of film.The Seashell and the Clergyman was an adaption of a book of the […]

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The History of International Women’s Day

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Each year on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the role that women play in our everyday lives. The occasion may have begun as a political stance in a bid to secure women’s rights but it’s since evolved into something much more. It’s now a true recognition of women’s struggles and a celebration of their battle to overcome those struggles, as well as a constant striving for liberalisation and independence. Each individual country adds its own cultural flavour to the occasion as an expression of their honour and affection for women everywhere. Women’s Day dates back all the way to 1909 when the first celebration […]

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