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The Real Iron Ladies

At 12.30 pm on 6th January a banner was unfurled outside the Cineworld Cinema in Chesterfield. The banner read ‘The Real Iron Ladies’ Women’s Action Group Miners Strike 1984/85. This was in protest at the Hollywood re-writing of history in a film about Margaret Thatcher called ‘The Iron Lady’, starring Meryl Streep, which premiered in […]

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Does Hit Girl Kick Ass?

Written by Jane Goldman and starring Aaron Johnson (a British actor known best for playing John Lennon in ‘Nowhere Boy’), Chole Moretz (last seen in the remake of the ‘Amityville Horror’) and Nicholas Cage, this movie was hailed simultaneously as
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being ‘cynical, premeditated and mindbogglingly irresponsible’ (The Daily Mail) and, ‘a thoroughly […]

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Easy A: Sexual Double Standards in High School

The film Easy A addresses the sexual double standard head on. In 1986 Sue Lees, investigating girls’ school experiences in England, wrote: “All unattached girls have to be constantly aware that the category ‘slag’ may be applied to them. There is no hard and fast distinction between the categories, since the status is always disputable, the […]

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Women on Film: Agora

I was one of only a few women studying mathematics at university among hoards of men, so it was perhaps inevitable that I become interested in the history of women and mathematics. I read about Sophie Germain, Emmy Noether and others; these were women who had to challenge the social conventions and expectations of their […]

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She Should Have Gone To The Moon

She Should Have Gone To The Moon is a documentary from film-maker Ulrike Kubatta. This 2008 film presents a uniquely personal chapter in the history of the space race. It tells the astonishing story of the pilot and pioneer, Jerri Truhill, who was trained in 1961, as part of NASA’s top secret Mercury 13 programme, to become one of […]

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(Lack of) Women in Film

I was reading Sandra Lipsitz Bem’s book An Unconventional Family recently. It’s a great account of her and her partner’s experiences of bringing up their daughter and son in the 1970s and 1980s in line with their gender-liberated, sex-positive feminist ideals. At one point she describes three questions that she uses to assess the gender politics […]