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Beating gender inequality subject of free movie

“The Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX,” a film documenting women’s history, will be shown at 5 p.m. and approximately 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Kalama 103 at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Between showings, former professors of women’s studies Carol Hogard and Gail Ainsoworth will discuss the film. Pupu will be available. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the public is invited to attend this free presentation.

This film details the rise of women in America, including the battles of women to overcome gender inequality, their rights rights to play sports, and of the passage of Title IX, the Equal Rights Amendment. It is the winner of the Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.

In the years following the civil rights movement and the passage of Title IX in 1972, Dr. Donnis Thompson, an African American female coach; Patsy Mink, the first Asian American U.S. congresswoman; and Beth McLachlin, captain of the first Rainbow Wahine volleyball team, battled discrimination from the halls of Washington, D.C., to the volleyball courts of the University of Hawaii.

The film features in-depth interviews with Mink, Thompson, Dr. Bernice Sandler, coach Dave Shoji, Gwendolyn Mink and former Rainbow Wahine players. It is narrated by actress Sarah Wayne Callies, who starred in “The Walking Dead,” “Prison Break” and “Colony,” among others.