April 1, 1982
Women’s Weekend 1982—“Women’s Work, Women’s Play”— presented lectures, performances and films. Former congresswoman Bella Abzug, founder of Women Strike for Peace and the National Women’s Political Caucus, gave the keynote address on “Women and Politics: Political Action.”
Other events included a “Voice Festival”— featuring literature and music by Vassar faculty and students, a concert by folk singers Betsy Rose and Cathy Winter and a lecture by activist Selma James, founder in 1972 of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, on “The Economics of Feminism Today.” Two films were shown, To Be a Woman Soldier (1981), Shuli Eshel’s study of the strains and contradictions for women of egalitarian military service in Israel and Union Maids (1976)—film clips and cross-cut interviews with three Chicago women active in union organizing in the 1920s and 1930s—directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein and Miles Mogulescu. Julia Reichert discussed her film at Vassar in September 1977 with three other documentarians.
A planned April 2nd women’s dance was cancelled because VSA funds could not be used to subsidize an event that wasn't opened to all members of the Vassar community.