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Having It All - Juggling Motherhood, Career, and Marriage
Three women set out to live their dreams of balancing career, marriage, and children. After two trying years of unanticipated trade-offs and painful sacrifices, each finds herself with a changed life and a changed idea of what "having it all" really means. From the painful exercise of putting an infant…
Editors on Editing
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Film editing initially began as a woman's art in France. As veteran film editor, Dede Allen, tell it, "They thought that women were good at little details, like sewing." Before editing became a craft, women were the earliest technicians. Today, the long tradition of women editors carries on.
The Talkies
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Foreign Reel Women
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A Change of Mind - An Investigation of Brain Injury
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Billie Jean King - A Female Tennis Champion
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