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O, Pioneers
A made-for-television film based on Willa Cather’s novel of the same name, about one woman’s struggles and hardships on the 19th-century western frontier. (120 min.)

On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner
Fascinating 102-year-old Daisy Turner vividly recalls stories, recitations, and poems about her African American family’s struggle for freedom from slavery and discrimination. (28 min.)

On the Job: Women Launching a New Tradition
An inspirational and educational look at the experiences of three New England women who worked in the previously male-dominated shipbuilding industry during World War II and how their experiences differed from those of tradeswomen today. Narrated by the Honorable Elizabeth H. Mitchell, 93rd Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. (29 min.)

On The Surface
This engaging and informative interview with three female deep sea biological scientists who work in the deep sea submersible Alvin, provides valuable insight into what is like to conduct deep sea biological research. It also covers such topics as scientific discovery, women in science, life on board research ships, and the marvel of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. A viewer’s guide is included with the video. (40 min. 1992)

One Person’s Struggle with Gender-Biased Language
Gender-biased language unnecessarily differentiates between women and men, thereby perpetuating discriminatory attitudes and practices. Examples of gender-biased language are denying women the right to name themselves (referring to all females as “ladies” rather than as “women”), using sex to differentiate job titles (chairman/chairwoman), and using referents that deny self-esteem (broad, dame), withhold adulthood (girl), and exclude women (mankind). This program portrays one person’s struggle with accepting new ways of looking at language. Our “struggler” views various scenes in which gender-biased language is used, and then he discusses these experiences with experts on language and diversity. The objective is to foster an awareness of problems associated with gender-biased language and to encourage the use of alternative word choices. (1994)

One Woman, One Vote
How could America call itself the world’s greatest democracy, but deny the right to vote to more than half its citizens? Why did so many men and women vehemently oppose giving women the right to vote, and how was this attitude overcome? One Woman, One Vote documents the seventy year battle for woman suffrage, which finally culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. From Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s electrifying call for women’s rights at Seneca Falls in 1848, to the last no-holds-barred fight in 1920, this film illuminates the story of the fledgling alliances that grew into a sophisticated mass movement. To the end, crusaders faced enrenched opposition from men and women who feared that the woman’s vote would ignite a social revolution. (1995, DVD, 106 Minutes, Color and B & W)

An Oral Historian’s Work
You will accompany Professor Sandy Ives through a series of tape-recorded interviews with woodsmen and riverdrivers who worked in the Maine woods in the 1920s. Watching this oral history project unfold, you will learn the techniques Professor Ives has refined in thirty years of work in the field. This film explains and demonstrates all you need to know to complete a successful oral history project. Whether your interest is folklore, local history, business history, or genealogy, the basics are the same and this tape will take you step by step through each phase. (1987, 33 minutes, color) 

Orlando
Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp star in this film based on the gender-bending novel by Virginia Woolf. Swinton stars as Orlando, an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations, which humorously, hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Visually stunning and beautifully acted, this video is an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure and illusion. (93 min. 1994)

Ozzie and Harriet, Same -Sex Marriage and the Culture Wars: LGBT Families in Maine 1960 – Present
Howard Solomon, Scholar in Residence, LGBT Collection of the Sampson Center on Diversity, University of Southern Maine. Part of Gay Pride Week. Part of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring 2006 Lunch Series. (4/19/06, VHS, DVD)


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