If She Stood considers a small band of women who used personal and collective action to upend their world. In 1833 many of these women joined in founding the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society—a self-propelled multiracial collective whose members fought variously to end slavery, boycott goods produced enslaved people, protect newly freed men and women, foster literacy, improve nutrition, promote temperance, and offer women hygienic instruction. Often speaking in public, the women of this society were judged equally for their radical politics and for daring to rise to their feet before seated gatherings of both sexes. Written and directed by Ain Gordon in collaboration with Nadine Patterson,* If She Stood* will muse on women of 19th-century Philadelphia who decided to take a stand.
The Painted Bride
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