HER OWN WORDS
The DVDs in the Her Own Words® series on women's history and careers tell the stories of many women, including native American women, immigrant women, and a diverse variety of women working right now in nontraditional careers such as construction, policing, welding, machining, and dentistry. DVDs celebrate the heritage of American Indian women, quilts, rosemaling, and pioneer women's diaries and memoirs.
Her Own Words® DVDs have won many national awards, including the Write Women Back into History award from the National Women's History project, the Barb Landers Memorial Award from the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education, a Selected Films and Videos for Young Adults award from the American Library Association, and a Gold Medal from the International Film and Video Festival of New York.
DVDs available from the Her Own Words® catalog are used all over the country as part of programs at career-counseling centers, libraries, museums, schools, and colleges; they are frequently used as part of career-exploration days and Women's History Month celebrations. All DVDs are closed-captioned .
DVDs and Resource Guides
“These DVDs feature the songs and stories of Winnebago Women, but their stories and relationships could apply to people everywhere. Instructors could use them for history, culture and human development studies. Excellent examples of the oral tradition, the stories are told by the women who experienced them rather than as interpretations by others. These films bring back something we need to do in our own families. The length ranges from 15 to 22 minutes, which makes them attractive viewing in the classroom or at home.” --Tribal College Journal.
Four short (15- to 28-minute) DVDs that highlight Norwegian-American heritage are perfect for Sons of Norway lodge meetings and for other short programs. The DVDs combine music, narration, stories, and beautiful Norwegian-American artifacts. They are moving and effective discussion-starters. Resource guides with the DVD scripts, background information, and many discussion questions are available, but the DVDs stand very well on their own.
Five DVDs Celebrate Frontier Stories. These five DVDs highlight the heritage of those who moved from the Old World or the American East to the great Midwestern prairies and set out to establish a new home in a new and sometimes alien land.
These two DVDs highlight the work of an enormous array of quilters, young, old, and in-between. Some of the quilts are museum-quality heirlooms; others are everyday bed coverings, and still others are meant to hang on the wall and never be used. The DVDs highlight both the beauty of the quilts and the stories they represent.
Four DVDs Celebrate Artists & Writers. These four DVDs celebrate creative women, including the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, an acclaimed glass artist, and an award-winning artist who considers her work folk art.
Two DVDs Celebrate Political History. These two DVDs highlight an important milestone in American history: the struggle for and achievement of the right of women to vote and to be full citizens in our democracy. It’s hard to believe today, but there were many (both men and women) who fought against women’s right to vote and felt that full female suffrage would destroy the family. Some of the old arguments sound amazingly contemporary today and provide a stimulating starting-point for discussion.