STARTING AT 6PM ET ON 8/26
Women’s eNews invites you to celebrate Women’s Equality Day--the day in 1920 when women gained the right to vote in the United States--to talk about equality in politics and media.
To begin, we will be screening the 1972 documentary, The Hand that Rocks the Ballot Box, and talking with its producer, three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent Marlene Sanders, founding board chair of Women’s eNews.
The Hand That Rocks The Ballot Box tells the story of how American women began to run for office and become involved in the political process. The film follows several campaigns with women running and confounding their opponents who didn’t know to act in the process. The documentary includes footage from pre-1972 political conventions.
Marlene Sanders is a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent, producer, and former news executive who broke barriers for women throughout her career. While a correspondent at ABC News, she was the first woman to anchor a prime time network newscast, subbing for an ailing anchorman (1964). In 1966 she was the first TV newswoman to report from Vietnam and in 1976, while a producer-correspondent for ABC's documentary unit, became the first woman news vice president at the networks, when she was named Vice President and Director of Documentaries. She is also co-author with Marcia Rock of "Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News".
After the film, Marlene will open a group discussion about the past and present state of equality in politics, media and the role of technological innovation in both fields.