[PAST EVENT] With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade

March 22, 2011
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 331
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The victory of the Great General Motors Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Mich., in 1937 was the key to the success of the CIO's drive for industrial unionism. The now classic WITH BABIES AND BANNERS presents the untold story of the women--the working women, wives, mothers and sisters--who became the backbone of the strike. Forty years later, nine of these women reunite and dramatically show the relevance of their experience for working men and women today. Rich with archival footage and riveting interviews, With Babies and Banners inter-cuts footage from 1937 with interviews with the same women 40 years later, still active in union politics and still pressuring the UAW to acknowledge women as equals.

Smoothly professional...the images are startling and moving. (Washington Post, 1978)

It's stirring stuff. It's all about courage and hard work and determination and being gutsy and feisty and female. It makes you want to stand up and cheer and clap your hands and stamp your feet at the wonder of women being made to look like strong people who believed in a cause and were willing to risk insult--and physical danger to fight for it. It's great...take the kids...It's an important part of American history. (Ann Arbor News, 1978)

[[ldmeye, Leisa Meyer]] and [[clburn, Christy Burns]]