Feminist Archive North is one of the sponsors of the event, which features work by feminist filmmakers, made over a half-century, tracing women’s entry into jobs traditionally held by men. The films include Jill Craigie’s To Be A Woman (1951), and Sheffield Film Co-op’s 1984 Women of Steel, in which female munitions workers reflect on their experiences during the Second World War. Also showing are the Women in Manual Trades 1980 film Building Your Future, Vera Media’s Sweet Street Women’s Technology Centre from 1990, and Leeds Animation Workshop’s Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics (1998).
The screening includes a Q&A with filmmakers from Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop, along with industry representatives Ladies of Code, to discuss the challenges created by gender typecasting.
The event runs from 6pm to 8.30pm. There is more information on the Facebook page.
This special screening is part of Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures (FAFF), a collaborative project based at the University of Leeds, which looks at the histories of Feminist Archives and Women’s Libraries: their relationship to history making and their role in shaping contemporary feminist activism. For more information, see: www.feminist-archives.leeds.ac.uk