Early Video on the Emancipation of Women, 1890-1930
London 1896 – street scene showing traffic. Narrator states “News cameramen in those early days dashed to record all kinds of events.” Man with a stills camera rushes towards the newsreel camera to get in position to take a photograph of people alighting from a car. High angle shot of a parade of nurses, an animated circle is used to emphasise the fact that a cameraman is seen in the foreground of the shot. “Thanks to them and their hand operated cameras we do have coverage of some aspects of history in the early 20th century.” A holiday crowd is filmed by an early cameraman and the narrator points out that although the men clown around for the benefit of the camera, “the women in the picture seem more passive, more subdued.” The narrator asks a rhetorical question about what women’s lives were like in the 1890s. An unidentified speaker relates how women were expected to be feminine. Narrator states the aim of this documentary – to use archive film to trace the struggle for women’s rights and to show how womens’ lives were reshaped by the end of the 1920s.
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