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Women's Voices: The Gender Gap

Join us for a screening of the film Women's Voices: The Gender Gap (1984), preserved by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund in 2011. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion about the gender gap in the current presidential election with Jenny Rohrer (Director/Co-Producer), Nancy Meyer (Co-Producer), Nicole Hollander (Cartoonist), Page Gardner (Founder/President, Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund, Voter Participation Center), Amy Richards (Author/Co-Founder, Third Wave Foundation), and Faye Anderson (Filmmaker/Public Policy Consultant).

As America gears up for the presidential election, an undeniable gender gap is apparent between the two candidates.

This is not new. In 1984, the film Women's Voices: The Gender Gap was made to mobilize women voters before the presidential election, when Ronald Reagan was running against Former Vice President Walter Mondale. Directed by Jenny Rohrer and co-produced by Roher and Nancy Meyer, the documentary explores the growing difference in the voting patterns of men and women—the gender gap—that could no longer be denied by the mid-1980s. It tackles the subject of women’s voter participation and equal rights with both humor and depth.

Women's Voices interweaves testimony by a diverse group of women discussing the issues that matter to them with satirical cartoons by the cartoonist Nicole Hollander, creator of the comic strip Sylvia. The film was featured at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and screened at the National Convention of the Organization of Women that same year. It was the product of the filmmaking collective Kartemquin Films at a time when women were underrepresented in film production, and were rarely considered producers or directors.

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Jenny Rohrer
 is the co-producer of one of Kartemquin’s most influential feminist documentary films, The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976). After working with Kartemquin collective on such films as Golub, The Last Pullman Car, and Community Works TV, she founded her own production company, Rohrer Film & Video. Rohrer has 37 years experience producing award-winning, nationally broadcast documentary films for public television, not-for-profits and advocacy organizations. 

Nancy Meyer has a 30-year history of involvement in the social justice philanthropy community with a special focus on women and girls. Meyer is a Trustee of the Irving Harris Foundation and supports a number of women's groups, including the Astraea Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Women's Funding Network. Meyer is also active in the election administration reform, election protection and money in politics fields. She works to make connections between the women's and civic engagement communities.

Nicole Hollander is a nationally-syndicated cartoonist who has channeled her acerbic wit and razor-sharp sensibilities through Sylvia, a Chicago original whose hilarious commentary on American life has won over millions of loyal readers. The Sylvia Chronicles presents Sylvia’s singular take on contemporary politics, from the early days of Reagan to the latter days of Palin. 

Faye Anderson is a public policy consultant and civic innovator, focusing on the intersection of social media and social change. Her blog Anderson@Large is included in the Harvard University Web Archive Collection “Capturing Women’s Voices” and “50 Black Blogs for African Americans 2012.” She is project manager for the Cost of Freedom Project and for Yo! Philly Votes. She wrote and produced Counting on Democracy, a documentary about the 2000 election debacle that was broadcast on PBS.

Page S. Gardner is the founder and president of Women’s Voices, the Women Vote Action Fund and the Voter Participation Center (VPC). In 2003, Gardner, along with Chris Desser, founded VPC (then WVWV) with the goal of increasing unmarried women’s participation in the political process. Before founding VPC, Gardner worked at senior levels for presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns. A political practitioner and commentator, she has written articles for many publications, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.

Amy Richards co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists. She is the co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (written with Jennifer Baumgardner) and the voice behind Ask Amy, the advice column on feminist.com. She is also the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself and the co-author of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. Her writings have appeared in The Nation, The LA Times, Bust, Ms. and numerous anthologies, and she has appeared on Oprah, Talk of the Nation, New York One and CNN.

Lillian Jiménez (moderator) has worked as a media arts center manager, independent producer, media activist, exhibitor, funder and educator. She founded and directed Seeing Through AIDS, a media literacy project. She produced What Could You Do With A Nickel?, which won a local Emmy for editing, and short documentaries Steppin’ It Up and SisterSong. She is the Producer/Director of Antonia Pantoja,¡Presente!, broadcasted as part of the PBS series Visiones. Jiménez is currently working on a documentary about the Puerto Rican Left in New York City.

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.