MILES to GO

Miles to Go: Women Activists Reflect on the Road Traveled

In the summer of 2013, The Women's Foundation of Lincoln/Lancaster County began a video/audio project using oral histories to highlight individuals who were active in fighting for gender equality in Lincoln during the 1970s and early 1980s. The interviews were done with women who made important progress towards equality for Nebraska, each centering on salient issues, such as education, economic independence, legal standing, intimate partner violence, childcare and reproductive health. These twelve include women who were active in the Lincoln-Lancaster County Commission on the Status of Women and the Nebraska Coalition for Women. The footage has been edited to log interviews and select clips for 2-minute audio montages aired daily on the radio station KZUM (89.3) during Women's History Month.

 

The Foundation's goal for this project is to preserve the voices of women who fought for significant gains and to showcase activism: our purposes are to educate young people about local history that has a direct bearing on the rights they currently enjoy and to inspire them to continue fighting against injustice. Interviewees and areas of expertise include Ada Munson and Virginia Walsh, Nebraska Coalition for Women; Chris Funk, first Executive Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster Commission on the Status of Women; Lynn Roper, advocate for Title IX implementation; Ina May Rouse, the Displaced Homemaker Act; Marcee Metzger, former Women's Center director and Executive Director of Voices of Hope; Rosemary Machacek of New Directions Center; Helen Moore, second director of the Women's Studies program at University of Nebraska Lincoln; Beatty Brasch, Executive Director of the Center for People in Need and long-time friend of Lincoln's first woman Mayor, Helen Boosalis; Natalie Olson, former officer of the Lincoln-Lancaster Women's Commission; Linda Pratt, former Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nebraska; and Mary Jo Ryan, advocate for early child care legislation and licensing of care centers.

 

We have produced an hour-long documentary comprised of interviews, archival materials, and other narration or historical information. The premiere of this film was held on September 30, 2014 at the Ross Film Theater.

 

Curriculum entitled "The Struggle for Women's Equality" has been developed and is available to schools to be used in classrooms across the state. The film is currently on DVD and is available to the public. Please contact us at lincolnwomen@gmail.com for copies.

 

 

Listen to the two-minute audio segments here:

Ada Munson and Ina May Rouse
Beatty Brasch
Chris Funk
Helen Moore
Linda Pratt
Lynn Roper & Natalie Olson
Marcee Metzger
Mary Jo Ryan
Rosemary Machacek
Virginia Walsh
Chris Funk & Virginia Walsh with Kathie Uhrmacher
Jan Gauger

Jareldine Mays

Thomas Christie

If you are interested in viewing the full length videos of the original interview you may find them here.

 

 

 

Anyone who was at the screening and did not receive a copy of the DVD should contact us at lincolnwomen@gmail.com to let us know how to get a hold of you so we can get you a copy. Thank you!

 

 

MILES to GO lesson plans:

 A - Lesson Procedures - Womens Equality Final.pdf

 B - Lesson Documents - Womens Equality-final.pdf

 C - Student Pages - Womens Equality (2).pdf