On this edition of the Women’s Film Institute podcast, host, Scarlett Shepard, speaks with author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles about her book On Her Own Ground, which is slated to become a TV series about entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist, Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919). A’Lelia Bundles shares the legacy of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, the country’s first African-American millionaire, who helped women become entrepreneurs in the 20th century. Kasi Lemmons is attached to direct the series. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to play Madam C.J. Walker, and will become a producer of the show. LeBron James, in association with his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, has joined the team as an executive producer. The series is still in development for the kind of limited series we’ve come to expect on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime.
Madam C.J. Walker’s story is one that should be in all history books. She worked as a washerwoman, making as little as $1.50 per day. She suffered from hair loss, and created a shampoo and scalp ointment to remedy her condition. She called it, “Wonderful Hair Grower,” and in 1910, she built a hair training school and factory, the headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Co. The company trained thousands of African-Americans to become “Walker Agents,” and provided opportunities to women who otherwise would have been maids, cooks, and laundresses to gain financial independence.
“I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madam C.J. Walker
By the time Madam C.J. Walker died in May 1919, she and her teaching faculty had trained more than 20,000 Walker agents. Tune in to our latest podcast episode with A’Lelia Bundles, and learn how Madam C.J. Walker inspired women to become entrepreneurs in the 20th century.
Scarlett Shepard, Founder of the Women’s Film Institute, talks with Sterling James of KBLX Cares about how she started the Institute, San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, and digital media mentorship program for girls. Women’s Film Institute has transformed from a three-day festival into a growing global network of individuals, professionals, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls while working toward bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry.
In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with feminist lawyer and activist Gloria Allred about her passion for fighting for victims’ rights and women’s rights. Gloria talks about the upcoming 95th anniversary of how women won the right to vote. Have you ever wondered what Gloria Allred would do if she were President of the United States? Tune in to find out. Listen here:
This podcast episode was part of Women’s Equality Day 2015! The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-sponsor the West Hollywood City Council and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board for an empowering and inspirational event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The celebration featured an address by special guest speakers Gloria Allred, Attorney, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist and founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldenberg (AM&G) and Lisa Bloom, Attorney, NBC News Legal Analyst, and founding partner of The Bloom Firm. The event featured video shorts, a raffle, and an interactive photobooth and followed by a reception. The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-present the following short films at the event:
Syria: Brides of Peace – In the early days of Syria’s uprising, sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love, and carried banners calling for peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Upon their release, each sister became a bride once again under circumstances that also called for tremendous bravery: in the midst of a sectarian war and despite death threats from their extended family, both married outside of their religion.
‘Miss Todd‘ is a short, animated musical about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane, made at the National Film and Television School, England.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Register Now: http://conta.cc/1HEOShy