Kresge Library

“Merchants or merchandise?  Women in the global economy.”
Women’s Studies Film Festival and Seminar, 2007
February 17, 2007, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
156 North Foundation Hall

Globalization alarms many people and delights others, but for better or worse it is a fact of life in the 21st century.  Instant communications, rapid transportation, and the economic interdependency of countries and regions all insure that globalization will continue.  Women all over the world find both opportunities and dangers in this state of affairs.  This year’s Women’s Studies Film Festival will examine several different aspects of how the global economy benefits, oppresses, or in some cases cruelly exploits women. 


Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night.  By Sonali Gulati, 2005, 27 minutes.  A study of the Indian women
who work in customer-support call centers, providing 24 hour a day service to English-speaking



Pain, Passion, Profit.  By Gurinder Chada (the director of Bend it like Beckham and MississippiMasala).1992, 49 minutes.  A British entrepreneur visits the African women who supply one of the ingredients that she uses in cosmetics and beauty products.  She also pays a visit to two other villages where female entrepreneurs sell products of their traditional crafts to modern markets


Lilya 4-Ever.  Directed by Lukas Moodyson, 2002, 104 minutes.  Lilya is a Russian teenager whose mother has abandoned her, leaving her penniless.  She goes to Sweden expecting to find a job, but instead became a slave in the sex industry.  The movie puts a human face on a tragically common event.  As legitimate business goes global, so does crime, which treats women as simply another product to be sold.



9:30-10:00 Sign-in and light breakfast.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night.
10:40 --11:30 a.m.: Pain, Passion, Profit.
11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Panel discussion.
12:30 --2:00 p.m.: Lunch.
2:00 -- 3:30 p.m.: Lilya 4-Ever.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Panel discussion.
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Reception and coffee hour.

$12.00; students & seniors $8.00.
Make checks payable to OAKLAND UNIVERSITY.
Send checks by Friday, February 11, to:
Graciela Osterberg, Women’s Studies    
521 Varner Hall
Oakland University
Rochester, MI, 48309-4401

Related Online Articles**:

Bergeron, Suzanne. “Political Economy Discourses of Globalization and Feminist Politics” Signs 26.4, Globalization and Gender. (2001) 983-1006.

Hales, Jennifer. “Feminist ABC: Global Economic Context for Feminist Popular Education.” Women & Environments InternationalMagazine 56/57 (2002) 21-3

Meyer, Lisa B. “Economic Globalization and Women's Status in the Labor Market: A Cross-National Investigation of Occupational Sex Segregation and Inequality.” The Sociological Quarterly 44.3 (2003): 351-83

Mills, Mary Beth. “Gender and Inequality in the Global Labor Force.” Annual Review of Anthropology 32 (2003): 41-62

Related Books in Print at Kresge Library:

Clark, Gracia. Gender at work in economic life. Walnut Creek, California: Altamira Press, 2003.

The Greenwood encyclopedia of women’s issues worldwide. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003, 6 volumes:

  • Asia and Oceania HQ 1726 .G74 2003
  • Central and South America HQ 1467 .G74 2003
  • Europe HQ 1588 .G74 2003
  • North America and the Caribbean HQ 1400 .G74 2003
  • Sub-Saharan Africa HQ 1788 .G74 2003
  • The Middle East and North Africa HQ 1726.5 .G74 2003

Moghadam, Valentine M. Globalizing women : transnational feminist networks. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Other Interesting Resources:

Working sister Da gong mei. Dir. Jennifer Stephens. 1998. VHS. Berkeley, CA: University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning

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