Women/Film/Feminism – A Bibliography


A bibliography of books, special journal issues and some individual articles published about feminism and film from the 1970s onwards, women filmmakers and women’s cinema.

Note: This list is a WORK IN PROGRESS. I’m adding as I go. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments below.


‘Eleanor Perry: One Woman in Film’ interviewed by Kay Loveland and Estelle Changas, Film Comment Vol. 7 No. 1 (Spring 1971)

‘The Role of Women in Seven Women‘ by Nancy Schwartz, The Velvet Light Trap Vol. 1 No. 2 (1971)

‘Review: Woman’s Film’ by Ruth McCormick,, Cineaste 4, no. 3 (1971): 40 – 41. 


Film Library Quarterly (Women in Film) Vol. 5 No. 1 (Winter 1971-72)


Women and Film: A Resource Handbook, Bernice Sandler et al, (Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges, 1972).

Films By and/or About Women: Directory of Filmmakers, Films and Distributors Internationally, Past and Present by Laura X, Women’s History Research Center, Berkeley, 1972. 

v,t00002455Women’s Liberation Cinema’ by Ruth McCormick, Cineaste Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring 1972)

Take One (Women in Film) Vol. 3 No. 2 (February 1972)

‘Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome by Simone de Beauvoir’ reviewed by ReneeDelforge, Cineaste Vol. V No. 3 (Summer 1972)

‘Penelope Gilliatt: an interview by James Childs’, Vol. 8 No. 2 Film Comment (Summer 1972)

v,00002452The Velvet Light Trap (Sexual Politics and Film) No. 6 (Fall 1972)

‘Women Directors: 150 filmographies’ by Richard Henshaw, Film Comment Vol. 8 No. 4 (Nov-Dec 1972)


photoNotes of Women’s Cinema (Screen Pamphlet 2) [1973], edited by Claire Johnston, (London: Society for Education in Film and Television; BFI, 1975).

‘The Revenge of Pirate Jenny: A Very Curious Girl Part One’ by Karyn Kay and ‘The Eternal Return of Circe: A Very Curious Girl Part Two’ by Diane Waldman, Velvet Light Trap, (No. 9 Summer 1973). 

‘Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, Dance’ by Karyn Kay and Gerald Peary, Velvet Light Trap, No. 10 (Fall 1973). 

Popcorn Venus; Women, Movies & the American Dream by Marjorie Rosen (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1973)


 ‘Aspects of British Feminist Film Theory: A Critical Evaluation of Texts by Claire Johnston and Pam Cook.’ by E. Ann Kaplan, Jump Cut, no. 2 (1974): 52-55. 

Work 1961-73 by Yvonne Rainer, (Halifax; New York: The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; New York University Press, 1974).

From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies by Molly Haskell (New English Library, 1974)

Women & Their Sexuality in the New Film by Joan Mellen (Horizon Press, 1974)


The Work of Dorothy Arzner: Towards a Feminist Cinema, edited by Claire Johnston, (London: British Film Institute, 1975)

Women Who Make Movies by Sharon Smith (Hopkinson and Blake, 1975)


slide 1977

 Early Women Directors: Their Role in the Development of Silent Cinema by Anthony Slide (New Jersey: A. S. Barnes & Co, 1977)

Women and the Cinema: A Critical Anthology, edited by Karyn Kay and Gerald Peary (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1977)



Women in Film Noir, edited by E. Ann Kaplan, (London: British Film Institute, 1978).

Quarterly Review of Film Studies (Feminist and Ideological Criticism) Vol. 3 No. 4 (Fall 1978)

The Crisis of Naming in Feminist Film Criticism‘ by B. Ruby Rich, Jump Cut No. 19 (December 1978)


Sexual Stratagems: The World of Women in Film, edited by Patricia Erens, (New York: Horizon Press, 1979). Includes filmographies of women directors in appendix. Contains several articles and references from W+F.


Women’s Reflections: The Feminist Film Movement by Jan Rosenberg (Ann Arbour: UMI Research Press), adapted from her thesis published in 1979. 


2 thoughts on “Women/Film/Feminism – A Bibliography

    • Thank you Sharon! I’ve been hoping to get in touch with you as I would love to ask you all about your contribution to Women & Film and writing your book. I’ll be on the East Coast between the 30th of October and 6th of November if you’re at all interested in talking to me. Pop an email to womenandfilmproject@gmail.com if you like.

      Thanks again,


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