Women Pioneers: MANKILLER

Watch Trailer Director: Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

In 1985, with her people feeling deeply disenfranchised by the US government, Wilma Mankiller took office as the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief. Having relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco earlier in her life, Mankiller worked with the Black Panthers and the Alcatraz occupation movement, eventually bringing the passion and experience she gained in those movements back to her people. During her decade-long tenure as principal chief and beyond, Mankiller’s leadership enabled the Cherokee Nation to become one of the most economically and culturally successful tribes in America.

Free admission, as part of our Women Pioneers Series, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Post-show discussion with director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.

This spring, the Athena is proud to present four profound films celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. All shows feature intros and post-show talks, and all shows are free admission.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio University Libraries, School of Film, Women’s Center, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Cutler Scholars, Margaret Boyd Scholars, OHIO Honors, Arts for Ohio, English Department, History Department, and Athena Cinema.

Click here for a full listing of events celebrating the centennial.

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Running Time: 74 minutes74 MIN
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This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

It is crucial to tell stories like Wilma’s that inspire women across the globe to have their voices heard...

Liz Garbus
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker