The Gender Revolution

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We begin with four women who all belonged to the same consciousness-raising group in Berkeley 50 years ago.  Judy Gumbo Albert was an original Yippie leader, Alta enjoyed notoriety as a provocative feminist poet, Anne Weills was known for being a radical activist, and Jane Scherr, common-law wife of Berkeley Barb publisher Max Scherr.  U.C. Berkeley professor emerita Ruth Rosen, a chronicler of the women’s movement will interview them. 

The second hour looks at the unique challenges faced by women of color during this time, as they fought racial, economic and gender discrimination.  Black Panther Judy Juanita is a teacher, historian and author and Fran Beal co-founded the Black Women’s Liberation Committee of SNCC will host this segment.

The third hour will focus on how the Bay Area’s counterculture challenged prevailing attitudes regarding gender.  Alexandra Hart Jacopetti, and her first husband Roland Jacopetti, participated in “happenings” such as the “Trips Festivals” and Denise Kaufman was a folk musician who jammed with Ken Kesey & the Pranksters.   They will be interviewed by St. Mary’s professor Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, author of Daughters of Aquarius.

The last hour will feature Trina Robbins, one of the most respected feminist cartoonists of the Sixties, and Mary Wings who made history when she released Come Out Comix.  They will lead us in an intense visual history of the Gender Revolution.  The program will end with a showing of Wavy Gravy and the Ace of Cups’ new music video, Basic Human Needs.

Be part of the happening. Exhibitions, author talks, arts and crafts and more as San Francisco Public Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. See the SFPL Summer of Love Program Guide (PDF)

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