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There are many ways you can use this film! Share it with students, organizations, colleagues or your community to create dialogue. Connie’s work is relevant today — the film can be used as an effective tool for critical discussion, which can segway into important work. Take a look at our discussion guide!
Discussion Guide – Connie Cook: A Documentary
Objective: To spark pertinent and eager discussion about local politics, reproductive health topics and women’s issues using the 2015 Documentary film Connie Cook: A Documentary. Connie Cook was a member of New York State’s Tompkins County Legislature in the 1960s and 70s and lead the fight for women’s reproductive health.
Audience: This discussion outline would be relevant to high school and college courses and events including: AP US History, US History, women’s studies, Women’s History Month, Government, and health classes/events.
Subject / Topics:
A variety of topics are addressed in the film and can be relevant for discussion depending on the focus of your course. Potential topics are:
- Holding public office, challenges and benefits
- Women’s reproductive rights, women’s health
- History of reproductive rights, health and safety
- Women as Religious Leaders
- Women Attorneys
- Women in Politics
- Creating laws: political battles and persuasion
To get the lesson plan and potential activities download the PDF.
Community Talk Back Guide:
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Background of Connie
- Create fair air time: have a timer on each table, use a talking stick
- When you to talk about a sensitive topic be respective of all opinions
- Keep the discussion moving, if it gets off track bring it back to the core discussion and ask another person a related question
- Have backup questions in case the discussion falters
For more facilitation tips GO TO: Teach a Girl to Lead, Rutgers University
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