And this is where the Bluestocking Film Series “Blue Collar Heroine Challenge” comes in. What would a film look like that portrayed a more complex picture of working-class women? Would it show us that women wage workers are human beings first? Would we see that working-class women, not just the default middle- or upper-class characters who currently populate our screens, have cares and concerns and dramas and comedies too? Might we even see some on-screen anti-heroines (that rarest of bird)? And what if these stories were played out in workplaces we seldom see on-screen? How might these kinds of cinematic stories help to shape the ways we collectively understand, and therefore treat, working women in this country?
The only answer to these questions is to place the challenge before filmmakers. So bring on the complex Blue Collar Heroines! We’re primed and ready to see how she lives and works.
Special to Bluestocking Film Series
Andrea's Sun is in Feminist with Killjoy rising (her Moon is nobody's damn business). Due to a childhood of foul stomach, she is now a gluten-free baker and lover of fermented stuff. She has been told - by many a principal, headmaster, and dean - that she is quite good at fomenting stuff. She credits this particular inflammatory skill to perpetual studenthood and enjoys the irony of it all. Andrea values her multi-dimensionality and resents all attempts to flatten it. Though born and raised there, Andrea considers Lewiston her Chosen Home. She is pursuing a PhD in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.