By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer
Growing up Black and Jewish in the 1940s, Frances M. Beal overcame the racial and sexual pressures of the day to become a noted author and peace advocate.
Her name may be unfamiliar to many, but she and other feminist figures will be the center of attention in an upcoming documentary that aims to empower and encourage girls to dream big.
“Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation,” directed by Jennifer Lee, will screen Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.) at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. It is being hosted by SheHeroes, a national nonprofit organization that provides role models for girls and seeks to “empower 8 to 12 year olds of all backgrounds to dream big, explore their interests and passionately pursue careers in any field regardless of gender.”
Tickets can be purchased through the Tugg crowdfunding website at tugg.com/go/txqnfk.
The film, which premiered in March at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, also chronicles icons like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Robin Morgan.
Chenese Lewis, actress/plus-size model and former president of Hollywood NOW (National Organization for Women), is scheduled to moderate a question and answer session.
“Women of color are still overlooked for opportunities and our contributions are usually left out of history,” she said. “Feminism and Women’s Liberation are always associated with White women. It’s time for our stories to be told.”