Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch

Sun, June 5, 2011, 12noon

Passionate Politics traces Charlotte Bunch’s lifelong work for social justice: from her early years as a civil rights activist to her engagement with feminist and political theory as a member of the lesbian separatist group The Furies and on to her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, her receipt of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from President Clinton and her place as one of the leading advocates in the international women’s rights movement.

Best known for her international work guided by the phrase “Women’s rights are human rights,” Charlotte’s story is told in part by women from the Caribbean, South America and Africa who have long worked with her to shape the global human rights agenda and extend the interpretation of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (ratified in 1948) to include the rights of women.

Archival footage and photos document the trajectory of her activism over four decades, while excerpts from her letters illuminate her determination to create a more just society and her decision to leave a youthful marriage in order to live as a lesbian and devote her energy to women’s issues. –Beth Hutchison

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