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BBC documentary studies feminism

28th January 2010

A new BBC Four documentary series will map the changing role of women in society.

Starting on March 8th, which is International Women's Day, the series' first instalment - Libbers - will see filmmaker Vanessa Engle look at the women's liberation movement of the 1970s.

The film will feature comments from British and American feminists such as Germaine Greer, Kate Millett and Susan Brownmiller, as well as showing the last interview that novelist Marilyn French gave before her death in 2009.

Mothers, the second instalment, will look at the lives led by ordinary women with children and how they have changed over the years, while the third - Activists - follows modern feminists as they organise demonstrations and engage in political debate.

Engle commented: 'The feminist revolution was probably the fastest social revolution of the last century - but maybe it shot out of the bottle too fast.'

The Guardian recently highlighted that the release of several books this year will coincide with notable anniversaries for the feminist movement.

Natasha Walter's Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism and Kat Banyard's The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Men and Women Today are among the titles to come out 40 years after the first-ever National Women's Liberation conference was held.

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