Videos & Films on equity in mathematics, science & technology
Last modified: July 29, 2009
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- Against the Odds (2000)
- This 23-minute documentary is by
Bigelow Currie Productions, a Canadian company operated by the mother-daughter
team of Pixie Bigelow and daughter Susanne Currie. It profiles the
stories of three Canadian women entrepreneurs from diverse
backgrounds who overcame incredible odds to emerge as successful
entrepreneurs in the fields of Science and Internet Technology.
It can be purchased in VHS
video format from Kinetic Video. In Canada:
Phone: 800 263-6910, 416 538-6613.
Fax: 416) 538-9984.
In the USA: Kinetic Video, Phone: 800 466-7631,
716 856-7631. Fax: 716 856-7838. Email:
Web site: http://www.kineticvideo.com
- Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage
- This 60-minute video is a biographical portrait that explores
American aviator Amelia Earhart's life. It was produced by PBS
and originally broadcast on the television program The American
Experience. It is available for $19.95 from
WGBH Educational Foundation:
Item # WGW276; ISBN # 1-556633-118-8.
- Asking Different Questions: Women and Science (1996)
- This is a 51-minute video documentary by Canadian directors
Gwynne Basen and Erna Buffie. It profiles 5 women from different
countries and looks at their scientific work, and the reflection
of feminine values in their work.
On video/DVD: $26.95. Also available as film for $830.
NFB (National Film Board of Canada)
Video Sales: 800-542-2164 (older info: 800-267-7710).
Order number: 9196 053
- Conceiving Ada (1997)
- This is a fictionalized account of the life story of
Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, and her pioneering
contributions to computer science, including inventing the first
computer language and predicting its use in music, poetry
and art. It is a regular feature film written, produced and
directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Check out the film's
web page for more details, including clips and the director's
comments about making the film. This 85-minute film is
available on video ($19.98) or DVD ($29.98) from
Address: 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
Phone: 800-331-6197. Email:
- Discovering Women (1994)
- This is a six-part series of 1-hour videos on notable
women scientists and their lives, and what helped them succeed
in traditional male-dominated fields.
Part 1: High Energy - Melissa Franklin (physicist).
Part 2: Jewels in a Test Tube - Lynda Jordan (biochemist).
Part 3: Earth Explorer - Marcia McNutt (geophysicist).
Part 4: Secrets Underground - Patty Jo Watson (archeologist).
Part 5: Silicon Vision - Misha Mahowald (computational
neuroscientist). Part 6: DNA Detective -
Lydia Villa-Komaroff (biologist). Available from distributor
Films for the Humanities and
- Dr. Ethel Allen: Minuses into
- Inspiring biography of Dr. Ethel Allen, African American
Physician and activist, who became a doctor when few blacks or
women were allowed to do so. This is a 25-minute video available
for $39.95, distributed by EPH Productions. Address:
P.O. Box 1042, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023.
Phone: 212 799-9246.
- Marie Curie movies
- There are at least 3 different films on Marie Curie.
- Madame Curie (1943): This film, produced by MGM
in 1944, is a biographical portrait of her life based on the book
by her daughter. It is available in
VHS video format, but may be hard to find.
- Marie Curie: More than Meets the Eye (1999):
This movie is a fictional account that looks at some interesting
aspects of Marie Curie's life and scientific discoveries from
the perspective of two young girls.
This is a fictionalized account of her life story, that still
includes historically accurate biographical content.
- Minerva's Machine (1995)
- This film, by the ACM committee on women, is a one-hour
documentary that celebrates the history and the contributions of
women in computing. It profiles successful women in the computing
field today and their diversity. The film also explores the reasons
why women began to leave the field in the mid-80s and why there
are fewer women than men in computing today. The film has been
broadcast on several PBS stations in the U.S. For more information
on the film see the web page
that ACM has setup for the movie. For a review of the film see
the following web site.
It is available in VHS video
form for $39.95 (for non-ACM members) plus s&h charges.
Address: ACM, Church Street Station, PO Box 12114, New York, NY
10257. Phone: 800-342-6626. Email:
- Rachel Carson movies
- There are at least 2 films on Rachel Carson.
- Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1993): This is a
56-minute PBS documentary based on her 1963 book
Silent Spring. It is available in DVD format from
several sources, including from PBS ($19.95) by
cliking here. If this doesn't directly give the catalog
page for Rachel Carson's film, search for "item #=2792206".
- A Sense of Wonder (2008): This 55-minute
movie is an intimate portrait of Rachel Carson, with a focus
on the final years of her life, and the groundbreaking impact
of her work on the environmental movement. It is written by
and stars Kaiulani Lee.
Order via thefilm's website ($29.95 for DVD, home use only)
OR Order from
($250 VHS or DVD).
Phone: 800-543-3764. Email:
- Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America (1991)
- This 15-minute video by The
American Association of University Women is based on findings
of their nationwide study of equity problems in schools across the
U.S. It examines how inequities affect girls' self-esteem,
career aspirations, educational experiences, and interest in math
and science. The video is available in VHS format
for $24.95 from the AAUW. Order from their website or by phone.
Address: American Association of University Women,
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Phone: 800 326-AAUW. Email:
- Tech-Savvy Girls (2000)
- This 30-minute video is based on the American Association
of University Women research report,
Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls
in the New Computer Age. Narrator Mae Jemison, former NASA
astronaut and president of the Jemison Group, examines the
underrepresentation of girls in technology courses and careers and
spotlights innovative steps taken by educators and parents to close
the technology gender gap. The video costs $19.95 and is available
Fairfax Network Video Store. Phone: 800 233-3277.
- Wavelets Making Waves in Mathematics
and Engineering (1993)
- This 90-minute video by the
American Mathematical Society
is on Princeton University Professor Ingrid Daubechies' work,
life and career.
It is available as VHS video for $54.95 (for non-AMS members)
plus s&h charges.
- Women and Mathematics across Cultures
- This 25-minute VHS video is produced by the
European Women in Mathematics (EWM) It is directed by
Marjatta Näätänen, and profiles the stories of 4
women mathematicians with careers based in Europe and N. &
S. America. The women recount their personal experiences, and
look at the impact of cultural pressures and differences.
Available for 45 Euros, from the EWM (see web pointer above).
Address: Paula Steinby, Department of Mathematics,
FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland.
- Women in Science (199?)
- This video is a documentary by the
National Women's History Project. It gives an overview of the
history of women in science, as well as profiles six contemporary
women scientists and their careers. It can be ordered from the
NWHP Catalog. The video
is 42 minutes in length and costs $50.
Address: National Women's History Project, 7738 Bell Road,
Windsor, CA 95492. Phone: 707 838-6000.