SISTERS OF ’77 Cinema's Legacy Women and the Vote


Following the film, watch a recorded discussion with directors Cynthia and Allen Mondell.

In 1977, over the course of four days, approximately 20,000 women would congregate in Houston, Texas, to attend the first ever National Women’s Conference, as presided over by Congresswoman Bella Abzug. In an effort to promote equality between men and women, a series of eye-opening and impassioned debates sought to achieve resolutions on major topics, ranging from domestic violence, employment and reproductive rights to the specific experiences of lesbians and women of color and the ultimately unsuccessful Equal Rights Amendment.

Filmmakers Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell combine incredible archival footage and insightful interviews with attendees to present an inside look at the historic event that defined the guiding principles of gender equality in politics today.
–Malin Kan

Cynthia Salzman Mondell, an award-winning filmmaker, believes films can make a difference in people’s lives. She and Allen Mondell founded Media Projects and made 40 films that personalize searing social issues. Her new film IN HER SHOES reveals the stories of incarcerated women in an art class.

Allen Mondell, an award-winning filmmaker of historical and social issue films, began his career as a Peace Corps teacher in West Africa before working as a Baltimore Sun newspaper reporter, followed by producing and directing documentaries for commercial and public television and then co-founding Media Projects with Cynthia Salzman Mondell.

Cynthia Salzman Mondell
Media Projects, Inc.


Country: USA

Year: 2005

Directors: Cynthia Salzman Mondell, Allen Mondell

Screenwriters: Cynthia Salzman Mondell, Allen Mondell

Producers: Cynthia Salzman Mondell, Allen Mondell

Executive Producer: Ed Delaney

Directors of Photography: Gary James, Ed Reinsel, Keith Behrle

Editor: Brian Hockenbury

Music: Tim Cissell

Featuring: Suzanne Ahn, Pokey Anderson, Elma Barrera, Melva Washington Becnel, Jim Caldwell, Liz Carpenter, Martha P. Cotera, Wilhelmina Delco, Betty Friedan, Sylvia R. Garcia, Gloria Guardiola, Jane Hickie, Nikki Van Hightower, Peg Kokernot- Kaplan, Betty McKool, Frances

Running Time (minutes): 53 MIN

Language: English

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