This short essay provides an introduction to the short-lived but influential magazine Women & Film, published in California between 1972 and 1975. Two graduate students, Siew-Hwa Beh (b. 1945) and Saundra Salyer (b. 1946), from the University of California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco State, respectively, were the founders of this pioneering publication devoted entirely to providing a feminist perspective on film. They set up the magazine in response to a collision between their radical leftist and feminist politics and their cinephilia. This essay contextualizes some examples, which are reproduced here, of the first issue's contents. It also sheds light on the eclectic and impassioned approach adopted by the magazine's editors and contributors, bolstered by accompanying excerpts and images.
Women & Film: The First Feminist Film Magazine
Clarissa K. Jacob is a doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on Women & Film magazine: its history and its place within the development of feminist film criticism. She is in the early stages of producing a documentary about the magazine that will include interviews with many of its contributors. She has worked for the British Film Institute's digital and education teams and has published in the Times Educational Supplement and BFI Online. Find out more about the film and her work on her research blog, The Women & Film Project (womenandfilmproject.wordpress.com), or follow her at @womenandfilm.
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Clarissa K. Jacob; Women & Film: The First Feminist Film Magazine. Feminist Media Histories 1 January 2015; 1 (1): 153–162. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2015.1.1.153
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