"Passing the Torch"


Location: School of Social Work, Educational Conference Center 1080 S. University Avenue

"Passing the Torch" is a documentary by the Michigan Chapter of Veteran Feminists of America, narrated by Lily Tomlin. Detroit area feminists, who were active in the nascent women's movement of the late 1960s and early '70s, joined the national VFA organization in the fall of 2000. Their purpose was to ensure the gains they helped make on behalf of women remain in place today. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes to look at the role Michigan women of both political parties played in one of the most profound social movements of the 20th Century. Rights that most women take for granted today were non-existent 30 years ago. In interviews and oral histories, these engaging activists recall their struggles to get women credit in their own name, establish domestic violence shelters, pass legislation to promote more available childcare, secure reproductive rights, even gain admittance through the front door of the Detroit Athletic Club. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Governor Jennifer Granholm discuss the significance of the Women's Movement in their own lives. Funding for "Passing The Torch" was provided by the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, the Michigan Women's Foundation, the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG) and individual donors. "Passing the Torch" was produced and written by Carol King, formerly of Michigan, now a California resident who works with her husband, television producer/director Michael Rose.
This event is free. Please register online or contact CEW 734-764-6005 for additional information.
This UM Institute for Research on Women & Gender event is co-sponsored by School of Social Work and the Center for the Education of Women.