One Fine Day
| Our Rating:
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Classic feminist music videos from Kay Weaver
Duration: 6 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Kay Weaver, Martha Wheelock
Starring: Sojouner Truth, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Tubman, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Geraldine Ferraro
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If you were a US feminist in the 1980s, chances are that these classic music videos were part of at least one event you attended. Kay Weaver wrote the words and music and sings both ‘One Fine Day’ and its successor ‘Take The Power.’ Each song is a celebration of women, and the videos made them inspiring anthems.
‘One Fine Day’ uses images of mostly American women of the past as well as video footage of suffragists, workers of all sorts, and powerful women of the 1970s and 80s. Willa Cather, Calamity Jane, Gertrude Stein, Billie Jean King and other lesbians and bisexual women are featured. Remember the Greenham Women’s Peace Encampment or Bella Abzug?
Each video includes a handout with song lyrics and lists of the women in order of appearance. (Very useful, since it may be hard to recognize Helen Caldicott or others 20 years later.) The big surprise? These videos are still available commercially from Ishtar Films, which also offers Votes for Women and other films on women’s history. They’re a nice blast from the past, of particular interest to collectors. (AB)