As the presidential election is getting closer and surveys put both candidates in a tight race, one thing has been clear: issues about women's rights have been at the forefront of many animated debates between the two ends of the political spectrum. This is nothing new.
Womenâ€™s Voices explores the growing difference in the voting patterns of men and women (the gender gap) that could no longer be denied in the mid-1980â€™s. Issues like compensation equality, environmental preservation, subsidized childcare and healthcare became wedge issues in Ronald Reagan's America as more and more women joined the workforce. The film, which was screened at both the Democratic National Convention and the National Convention of the Organization of Women, attempted to mobilize women voters as Ronald Reagan was running against Former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Directed by Jenny Rohrer and co-produced by Rohrer and Nancy Meyer, Womenâ€™s Voices combines testimony by a diverse group of women discussing the issues that matter to them with satirical animated scenes added by cartoonist Nicole Hollander, creator of the comic strip Sylvia.
The event is organized by New York Women in Film and Television. A discussion will follow the screening with Rohrer, Meyer and Hollander, plus other panelists long involved in the battle for social justice and equal rights: Page S. Gardner of Womenâ€™s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund and the Voter Participation Center (VPC), and Amy Richards, co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation.
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