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International Women’s Day – Resources on the Moving Image Gateway

This Gateway includes over 1,900 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone.

Significant Details – Conversations with Women in Science
This German website (with subtitles in English) consists of a series of video interviews with women scientists about their careers, lives and experiences with science. Each video takes as its starting point an object which is significant in some way to the women’s life as a scientist – an old sofa, a begonia, a fragment of rock – and then proceeds from there. This anecdotal approach makes for a fascinating and revealing series of interviews, in which these women talk about what motivates and drives them as they talk about how they balance the demands of career and personal life.

Centre Audiovisuel Simone De Beauvoir
Founded in 1982 by Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig and Ioana Wieder, the mission of the Centre audiovisuel Simone De Beauvoir is to acquire audiovisual documents on women’s rights, the feminist struggle, and women’s art and creativity and to promote, curate and distribute the various materials. The website has a searchable database and sells a selection of DVDs but most of the material is available for viewing by appointment only at the centre’s premises.

Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the Women’s Liberation Movement
This site is one of the outcomes of a Leverhulme funded research project which ran from March 2010 to March 2013. The project’s researchers interviewed 60 feminists who had been active in the Women’s Liberation movement in the UK in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The aim of the project was to create an original and extensive oral history archive of the lives of feminist change-makers of the 1970s and 80s.

The site features interviews with women arranged around a number of themes, including Activism, Equality and Work, Education, Politics and Legislation, Race, Place and Nation and Sex, Love and Friendship. The audio clips on this site have been extracted from longer interviews which are available in their entirety at the British Library.

Other resources on the site include Biographies page with profiles of prominent members of the British feminist movement, including academics, writers and broadcasters such as Beatrix Campbell, Sheila Rowbotham and Jenni Murray. An interactive Timeline begins in 1961 and charts the significant social and political events (and legislation) of the times alongside landmark episodes in the women’s movement. The material on this site is a fraction of what was recorded for the project: much more is available at the British Library.

Women Film Pioneers Project
This massive, groundbreaking project from Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship highlights the role that women played in the silent film era, emphatically not just as actresses, but in editing, production, direction, writing, exhibition and design. Phase 1 of the project focuses on women in the USA and Latin America. Further phases will look at women in other national cinemas of the silent era. There is already a large amount of information available here, from Overview Essays, in-depth profiles of Pioneers, with biographies, filmographies and bibliographies and a Resources page, with links to archives, distributors, reference works and silent screen organisations.

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