Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Vamos Meninas!

Directed by Heather Arnet | USA/Brazil | 2013

Wednesday, April 2 | 7:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue

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Event Includes: Post-screening Q&A with Director Heather Arnet
Co-sponsored by: The Humanities Scholars Program at CMU

"Together we hope to capture stories of transformation that provide Americans insight into this emerging world economic leader, and inspiration to continue our own pursuit towards gender equity." —Director Heather Arnet

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?—Vamos Meninas! explores how so many other countries have come to elect a female president prior to the United States. The film was inspired by filmmaker Heather Arnet's grandmother, the late Vivian Goldstein, whose own mother marched as a suffragette advocating for women to achieve the right to vote. As the film shows, Goldstein had hoped to live long enough to see a woman elected president of the United States. Sadly, she was not able to see her dream come true. Inspired by Vivian's resolve, Arnet traveled to Brazil to ask women from different regions and socio-economic backgrounds to share their perspective on the dynamic shifts that have occurred in Brazil over the course of just one generation. In doing so, she uncovered powerful new findings connecting workers' rights, female economic security, political participation, and new democracies in fostering the advancement of women.


Heather Arnet
Heather Arnet is the CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania, currently serves on the Advisory Boards of The Forbes Funds and WQED Multimedia, and is on the Board of Directors of The Ms. Foundation for Women. Most recently, she directed Vanessa German's play root for the August Wilson Center, the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard, and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in PA. She has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for her play Yo'Mama! which has been performed in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, and Alaska.

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