‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ exposes history and misconceptions behind feminism

By Eva Weber
Staff Writer

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the U.S. between 1966 and 1971. Directed by Mary Dore, the film is both informative and inspiring to all who watch it.

The film is comprised of a mashup of historical clips and interviews with many of the movement’s leaders. Dore goes all the way back to Betty Friedan’s book “The Feminine Mystique” and continues through to the Civil Rights Movement to present day issues. It hones in on activism hotspots around the country from that time such as Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Boston.

The documentary does an excellent job of shedding light on a subject that is hardly ever taught in schools.

Not only is the film informative of how each movement began, but it also brings to light the pitfalls of some feminist movements.

The film brings these realities to the forefront and is able to get all sides of the story from the women who took part themselves.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” has come out, though only through limited screenings, at an ironically perfect time. Although the film shows the vast accomplishments of these feminist movements in the past, it seems that we are fighting the same battles today over the same issues— reproductive rights, sexual harassment, equal pay, transmisogyny, classism, and racism, to name a few.

Despite the fact that we’re still fighting many of the same battles today as in the past, the film’s tone is celebratory.

What these women did in their time was no easy feat, and one that all who seek equality can look back on with a sense
of triumph.

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