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Directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein

United States 1971 52 mins. In English

Considered controversial and exhilarating on its release, Growing Up Female examines female socialization through a personal look into the lives of six women, ages four to 35, and the forces that shape them—teachers, counselors, advertisements, music, and the institution of marriage. The film was widely used by consciousness- raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society. It offers us a chance to see how much has changed as well as how much remains the same. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2011.

Genres: Documentary



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