FM Sept 6: Breast Cancer Action/ Suffragette hero/ Feminist Art

9-6-16-collageComing up on Feminist Magazine this week, with hosts Lynn Harris Ballen and Kiyana Turner :    … FIRST … Activist Barbara Brenner changed our understanding of breast cancer and women’s health activism. As director of Breast Cancer Action for nearly 20 years, she challenged corporate fundraising, the emphasis on awareness campaigns and the false representation of early detection as prevention. When she was diagnosed with the fatal disease ALS, she used her skills and scientific knowledge to advocate for herself and others with that illness. A new book, ‘So Much to Be Done’, collects Brenner’s writings about breast cancer, ALS, living and dying. And Women’s Magazine – at our sister station KPFA – spoke with her life partner, Susie Lampert, and former BCA communications director Angela Wall.
… THEN … The documentary Inez Milholland Forward Into Lighttells the story of lawyer and social activist , Inez Milholland who broke convention advocating for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech in the early 20th century. Famous for riding a white horse at marches, she became the voice of the US campaign for Votes for Women and memorably said “I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.”  A hundred years ago, in 1916, she crossed the country, giving 50 speeches in 28 days. Pushing through exhaustion and anemia she collapsed at the podium in 1916 in Los Angeles and died a month later at age 30. Her last public words were, “President Wilson, how long must women wait for liberty?”  We’re joined by local filmmaker Martha Wheelock to hear what inspired her to make this film.
… AND … What makes art Feminist? The exhibit ‘Feminist Variations‘ – currently showing at the Loft at Liz’s in Los Angeles – brings together artists using an array of styles, materials, techniques and inspirations in pursuit of their singular visions. Their relationships to social, political and philosophical expressions of feminism are as diverse as their work in sculpture, painting, drawing, video, installation, collage, assemblage and the wearable – yet all six directly consider the literal and allegorical ways in which the female body occupies both physical and semantic space in the modern world. We hear from the two curators, Shana Nys Dambrot and Susan Melly.

All this on Feminist Magazine on Tuesday at 3.  THIS is What Feminism Sounds Like!

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