The X Factor: Women in New England Politics
Virtual Screening Features Panel with Vermont Politicians
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (March 2, 2021) – In honor of International Women’s Day, a virtual theater screening of The X-Factor: Women in New England Politics will be held on Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
The Rhode Island PBS documentary will be screened on OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience), a safe and secure media viewing platform used by public TV stations across the country. The one-hour film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rhode Island PBS producer and former Vermont resident Dorothy Dickie. The panelists are three politicians from the film: Rhode Island State Representative Justine Caldwell, Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray, and Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram.
“This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’,” says Ms. Dickie. “I hope my film reflects that theme as it highlights women’s achievements while exploring gender inequality in the political landscape.”
Directed by Dorothy Dickie, a Rhode Island PBS producer and former Vermont resident, the one-hour documentary shines a spotlight on the trailblazing women politicians in New England, threading together the past, present, and future of New England women in politics through interviews with historians and current and former politicians.
In the 2018 mid-term elections, women won in record numbers to the U.S. Congress, governorships, and state legislatures. Yet despite the breaking records for candidacy and office-holding that year, women continue to remain less than one-third of elected officials in the U.S. However, since the inauguration of Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso in 1974, the first woman governor to be elected to the office, New England boasts greater female representation in state legislatures than the national average.
The X Factor: Women in New England Politics outlines the history of New England women politicians while emphasizing the continuing importance of women’s voices in politics, and the work that must be done to increase their representation.
During the March 8 screening, Ms. Dickie and the panelists will be available to answer questions and discuss the film in real-time text chat with participants.
This event is free to attend. Participants are invited to log in to OVEE a few minutes before the 6 p.m. start to verify compatibility of their computer audio and video connections. For more information about the film and panelists: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/5xt7u