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Contact: Rebekah Kohli, NIU Women’s Studies Program
(815) 753-1044

April 18, 2007

Documentary on ‘America’s most dangerous woman’
will be screened on Monday, April 23

DeKalb, Ill. — A new documentary on a labor leader once known as “America’s most dangerous woman” will be screened at noon Monday, April 23, in Room 280 of DuSable Hall at Northern Illinois University.

“Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman” focuses on the life of labor heroine, Mary Harris Jones, a.k.a. Mother Jones. The documentary, co-produced by NIU History Professor Rosemary Feurer and Communication Professor Laura Vazquez, examines the ways that Jones’ organizing career influenced early 20th century American history.

Featuring historian Elliott Gorn, a leading biographer of Mother Jones, the documentary also demonstrates how the labor leader used class and gender boundaries to shape an identity that allowed her to become an effective labor organizer in the early 20th century.

The documentary evokes the terrible conditions and labor oppression that motivated her to traverse the country, mobilizing thousands to fight back. The film uses authentic photographs and live footage, including the only known film of Mother Jones on her deathbed, proclaiming that she is still a radical and “longs for the day when labor will have the destination of the nation in her own hands.”

Feurer and Vazquez will lead a discussion about the film after the screening. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program Faculty Associates Event Series. For additional information, contact Rebekah Kohli at (815) 753-1044 or