What's it like to be a woman in the construction trades? Johnanna Brenner talks with an electrician and a steam fitter about about the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. They discuss how women support each other to meet those challenges, about efforts to make unions more democratic, inclusive, and activist, and why that is important to women and people of color working in the trades.
For this International Women's Day show, Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the film "Fish Tank," written and directed by Andrea Arnold and showing through Thursday at Cinema 21. Frann and Jan also discuss "the male gaze" and other issues around the presence of women in film making.
The 29th Annual Gender Studies Symposium is coming to Lewis & Clark College, March 10-12. The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with the Symposium's Faculty Director Kimberly Brodkin about the many perspectives on this years topic -- "The Science of Gender and Sex" -- including the medicalization of sexuality (for more on this, go here) and political responses to the AIDS crisis. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the symposium's website.
For International Women's Day, the women of the Old Mole Collective, led by host Denise Morris, take up issues confronting women in the building trades and their creative ways of dealing with them; women in the movie industry and a current film written and directed by a woman; and "The Science of Gender and Sex," the topic of this year's Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College. In addition, Denise features the music of Yoko Ono in the breaks between segments.