A new short film stakes a claim about feminism and the pro-life movement. Pro-Life Feminist tells the story of several women who consider themselves ardent feminists, and also passionate opponents of abortion. Monday night, the Brighton Memorial Library will show the film at 7 p.m.

One of the activists featured in the film is in Rochester for the event, and she joins us in studio, alongside a professor of gender studies who takes a different view about reproductive rights. Our guests:

Critics of modern feminism have alleged that feminists want to blur inherent differences between men and women. Andrew Sullivan writes, "All differences between the sexes, we are now informed, are a function of the age-old oppression of women by men." That's just one example of the roiling debate about what is inherent, versus what is taught.

Our panelists discuss it. In studio:

  • Lauren Hall, assistant professor of political science at RIT
  • Barbara LeSavoy, director of the women and gender studies program at the College at Brockport

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is the author of many books, and she coined the phrase "Well behaved women seldom make history." She's a feminist historian who is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in American history and women’s studies.

Thatcher Ulrich is in Rochester for an event titled “Curiosities: History in Odd Things” at the University of Rochester's Rush Rhees Library. But first, she's our guest on Connections.

Tina Fey’s sketch last week set off a debate about sheetcake feminism.” Fey urged viewers to ignore white supremacists who rally in places like Charlottesville and Boston. Instead, she urged them to support local bakeries and scream into their sheetcake, while refusing to engage.

Critics have said that Fey’s message is covered in privilege, and reflects the divide on the left that surfaced during the January Women’s March. Our guests  discuss it. In studio:

Wonder Woman and feminism in film The newest superhero film from the DC universe has generated a slew of controversy. Even before Wonder Woman opened in theatres on June 2, it sparked conversations about feminism in film, the role of female superheroes, and yes, even debates over armpit hair. Wonder Woman dates back to 1941, and the origins of the character may surprise you.

We talk about Wonder Woman's history, how she has evolved, if she's a feminist icon, and the roles of women on screen and on stage.

  • Abby DeVuyst, librarian, comedian, and actor
  • Michelle Finn, deputy historian for the City of Rochester and Wonder Woman scholar
  • Jackie McGriff, administrative assistant for development at WXXI, and self-described film nut
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for City Newspaper
  • Sady Fischer, queer Latina activist and diversity consultant
  • Alexa Scott-Flaherty, director of "Twelfth Night" at Blackfriars Theatre

International Women's Day is Wednesday, and our guests discuss gender from a wide range of lenses. At the forefront is the idea that women of color do not often benefit from the progress that the rest of society enjoys.

We discuss what citizenship means, and we explore ways to make society truly equal. Our guests:

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been offering some tough words for women who are supporting Bernie Sanders: she says there's "a special place in hell" for women who don't support other women. 

At Clinton rallies, that line sparks laughter and applause, but Albright insists she's serious. She says women should not be complacent, and feminists should support a woman's bid for the presidency. Is that fair? What do women who support Sanders think? What are their thoughts about Gloria Steinem's comments that suggest young women support Bernie Sanders just to meet men? Our panel debates these issues and more. Our guests:

  • Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of women and gender studies, SUNY Brockport
  • Zari Kamarei, supports Hillary Clinton
  • Mary Lupien, supports Bernie Sanders

What does it mean to be a pro-life feminist? Actress Margaret Colin is in Rochester, visiting Feminists for Nonviolent Choices as they celebrate 25 years. We’ll talk to the former soap star and veteran film and television actress along with Rachel Leigh Peller, a member of Feminists For Non-violent Choices.

Connections: New Wave of Feminism

Aug 19, 2014

What comes to mind when you hear the word "feminism"? We asked this question on social media and the responses were all over the map. Modern feminism is hard to define, but we try, with our panel: 

  • Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport
  • Hannah Murphy, director of projects and special events, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices
  • Noelle Evans, activist
  • Melanie West, activist
  • Michelle Faust, WXXI News