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Rev. Raymond Exum and Marguerite Klimkowski discuss the merits of the Equal Rights Amendment by comparing the 14th amendment, reviewing other federal and state laws, and considering gender based discrimination.
Marie Cardinal discusses her book "The Words To Say It: An Autobiographical Novel" with the publisher and translator of the book, Pat Goodheart. This novel explores childhood trauma, mental health, menstrual problems, and a complex mother-daughter relationship. The primary focus of this novel is to recount how psychoanalysis served as a healing experience for Cardinal later in life.
Ellen Chesler discusses and reads from her book "Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America." Throughout her interview, Chesler discusses additional prominent women in this movement such as Emma Goldman, Jane Addams, and Ethel Byrne. Studs plays "The Women's Marseillaise" - Mascottes Ladies Band (1908-1911) and "Bread and Roses" - Judy Collins (1976).
Dr. Richard Selzer, a surgeon, reads essays from his book, "Mortal Lesson: Notes on the Art of Surgery." Dr. Selzer recalls moments of his profession that stuck with him including the removal of a diabetic women's leg and the removal of a botfly larvae. He also takes a poetic look at the liver and the skin, including a story about Henry Moss. Dr. Selzer finishes his interview with a story about his first time witnessing an abortion. A comedy skit by Mike Nichols and Elaine May is also played.
Discussing the topic of women and freedom with Marlene Dixon, Nancy Stokely, and Janet Tenney. They discuss feminism, women's rights, and the women's liberation movement. Includes a Elizabeth Knight/Julia Ward Howe song called "Hallelujah".