Left On Pearl: Our Radical Origins (A 50th Anniversary Event)

Sun, Mar 7th 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT · By Cambridge Women's Center
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Sun, Mar 7th 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 7th 2021 at 8:00 PM EDT
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50 years since the historic activist event that led to the founding of the Cambridge Women’s Center, we invite you to join the Cambridge Women’s Center and The 888 Women’s History Project for a virtual screening of ‘LEFT ON PEARL’ and a panel discussion on its legacy. 

You're invited to join the Cambridge Women’s Center, The 888 Women’s History Project, and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women for a virtual screening of ‘LEFT ON PEARL’ and a panel discussion on intergenerational Feminism. This event is a part of the Cambridge Women's Center: 50 Years On Our Way 50th anniversary celebration.

Feminist activism is still evolving as we confront new challenges brought on by COVID-19. The pandemic is exposing inequalities while disproportionately affecting those who historically have had little visibility, voice, or protection. LEFT ON PEARL is a documentary about a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the local community, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers by women for women, this action was transformative for the participants, and led directly to the establishment of the Cambridge Women’s Center in 1972. (Runtime: 55 mins)


1. Purchase your ticket on this page by March 3rd

All registered attendees will be emailed link and password to stream ‘LEFT ON PEARL’ 72 hours prior to the panel discussion. Watch the film anytime before 7pm on Sunday, March 7th and then tune into an exclusive discussion with filmmakers and special guests.

2. Watch, Participate, & Spread the word! 

  • Watch ‘LEFT ON PEARL’ wherever you’re safely distancing! We recommended finding a comfortable spot where you can watch uninterrupted for the 55 minute runtime. 

  • Organize a virtual screening with friends, family, co-workers, classmates, etc. anytime between March 4th and March 7th @5/6pm (so you can finish your screening before our panel discussion!)


Susan K. Jacoby
Executive Producer of Left on Pearl  

Susan was active in the early Women’s Center as a founding member of the Emotional Counseling Group which responded to women in crisis and the Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence which successfully organized to stop the construction of a super-maximum women’s prison unit. Since then, she has continued to be active in the movements for social and environmental justice.

Reverend Irene Monroe
Co-host of All Rev'd Up on GBH

Rev. Irene Monroe can be heard on the podcast and standing Boston Public Radio segment ALL REV’D UP on WGBH (89.7 FM), the Boston affiliate of NPR. Monroe is a Visiting Scholar in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology, and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail. Monroe’s syndicated religion columns appear in Bay Windows, Cambridge Chronicle, Dig Boston, and in several papers and magazines in cities across the country and in the U.K, and Canada. As an activist minister Monroe has received numerous awards. Her papers are at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College’s Research Library on the History of Women in America.

Monroe describes her public ministry as following:  

“My life’s work has been grounded in an intersectional anti-oppression activism and praxis. I try to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Because homophobia is both a hatred of the “other ” and it’s usually acted upon ‘in the name of religion,”  I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppression, such as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia transphobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, to name a few.”

Susie Rivo
Director of Left On Pearl 

Susie is the Director and Producer of LEFT ON PEARL.  She holds an MFA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University, a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and is currently a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Her previous films have screened at Sundance and South by Southwest, and been broadcast on PBS stations.  

LEFT ON PEARL has screened at over fifty film festivals worldwide, including LA Femme International Film Festival in Los Angeles; Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin; Cape Town International Film Festival; Mov(i)e Activism in Riga, Latvia; Vox Feminae in Zagreb, Croatia; and the Seoul Festival for Women’s Rights in Korea. The award-winning documentary, produced by the 888 Women's History Project, received early support from Mass Humanities and the Puffin Foundation, among other funders.

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild
Executive Producer of Left on Pearl  

Rochelle is a Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, a coordinator of the Center’s Gender, Socialism and Postsocialism Working Group, a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and the author of Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 (Pittsburgh, 2010). An Executive Producer of “Left on Pearl,” she participated in the 1971 Boston International Women’s Day march and occupation of 888 Memorial Drive and was active at the Cambridge Women’s Center, especially in its early years. 

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