I remember Marilyn Webb from my SDS days.
She was one of the earliest voices I heard talking about women’s rights as a part of the sixties movements for change.
Of course, my Mom was a feminist and Grandma Esther was a feminist. But in the movement I was a part of in 1966, this was new stuff.
As was something called the Women’s Liberation Movement.
In yesterday’s NY Times, Nicholas Kristoff wrote a column that included Marilyn Webb’s story of being forced out of the University of Chicago for being a woman.
The U of C has finally, after five decades, agreed to give Marilyn Webb her doctorate.
I Googled Marilyn and came across a web site for a 2014 documentary called She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.
Guess what we watched last night.
You can find it on Youtube and Amazon Prime. You should see it.
Marilyn Webb is in it along with other women from the Second Wave feminist movement.
She’s Beautiful when She’s Angry was made before the #metoo movement, but it is so relevant this morning as more states move to criminalize abortion and the Illinois legislature is being pushed to pass the Reproductive Health Act. The RHA would make Illinois a sanctuary state for abortions if the Supreme Court reverses Roe.
There is an entire section of the documentary dealing with the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union and the Jane movement
This is such an important part of our history and I worry that it has been lost to those who have come along after.
Jane was an underground network of Chicago women who broke the law and risked jail to provide an estimated 11,000 abortions before Roe.
The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union was a huge organization of women’s rights activists that combined all kinds of tactics, including massive street actions.
Did you know?
Contact your Illinois legislator this morning to vote for the Reproductive Health Act.