Let's meet to watch an interesting film about women's history right here in Cambridge. In 1971 classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women's shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and a married women couldn’t open a bank account without her husband’s permission. LEFT ON PEARL is a documentary about a little-known but highly significant event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers by women for women, this action was transformative for the participants, and led directly to the establishment of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the U.S.
This event is free and open to the public, and there's a Q & A with the filmmakers after the screening. If past history is any indication, there may be free refreshments, but don't quote me on that. Showtime is 7pm, but we will meet at 6:30 to get situated. Note: The film is not yet completed, so this screening will presented as a work in progress.