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Heroic Women of Our Time: Documentary Film Series

This women’s history month, learn about three heroic women of the 20th century with our documentary film series.

Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM
Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes, DE

Ruth Gruber lived a life of “firsts.” A PhD by the age of 20, she was a foreign correspondent and photojournalist by the time she was 24. In that capacity, she witnessed Hitler’s rise in Germany in 1932, examined gulags in the Soviet Arctic in 1935, escorted Jewish refugees to the U.S. on a mission from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1944, wrote about the plight of the steamship “Exodus” and its passengers, and covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials. With her typewriter and her camera, she recorded many of the key events of the 20th century.

Gloria: In Her Own Words
Tuesday, March 20 at 6 PM
Laurel Public Library, 101 E 4th St, Laurel, DE

Gloria Steinem remains an important icon of modern feminism. A pioneering journalist, she published an exposé on the working conditions of Playboy Bunnies in the 1960s and later founded Ms. Magazine.  Now in her 80s, she continues to travel and speak on women’s issues, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment across the globe.

Wednesday, March 28 at 6 PM
Georgetown Public Library, 123 W Pine St, Georgetown, DE

Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers and has spent her life as a labor organizer, civil rights advocate and women’s rights activist.  This documentary film about the woman who coined the farmworkers’ famous slogan, “Sí, se puede”—Spanish for “yes, we can”—chronicles her evolution from a young woman outraged by economic and social injustices into an outspoken champion for the downtrodden.