No Girls Allowed (Update)

Wow, what a week!

If you came to this blog and read last week’s post you got a chance to be a part of the test screening of No Girls Allowed. Hollywood films have been screening to test audiences for many years. Studios hire “focus group” companies (for many thousands of dollars) to bring in people so they can measure what works in a film and what doesn’t.

I’m not a big studio.  I’m just a writer who found a story that I thought needed to be remembered.  Film has the power to reach many people, and so I decided to tell this story through film, as a documentary.  For one moment in my life I stepped away from the role of writer to become a filmmaker.

If you’re an independent filmmaker you don’t have thousands of dollars for test screenings, so you rely on other ways to see how audiences will receive your film.  That’s what I did this week, using this blog to reach a specific focus group: the alumni and extended community of Central High School.

I never expected such a huge response. The CHS community is amazing – and large!  Intelligent, articulate, passionate, and involved. I thank you all for viewing the film, and for starting a conversation here  in the comments you’ve made about your experiences, your feelings, and your thoughts about the 1983 gender integration of Central High.

This is just the beginning of the conversation.

No Girls Allowed now begins its journey as a film.  We will be scheduling a screening in Philadelphia in 2013 to commemorate, and acknowledge those brave young girls who helped make co-education at Central High School a reality.  If you are interested in being contacted about the screening, please let us know in the comment section on this website, or by emailing me at

If you are a member of the Press, please email us about a password-protected review screening on Vimeo.

14 thoughts on “No Girls Allowed (Update)

  1. I watched the film when your blog post came out, and found it so interesting that I shared it with my 16 year old niece. She is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and has been greatly encouraged by her family members, as well as women already in those fields, to pursue those studies which remain male-dominated. It was an eye opener for her to see how not so long ago, girls were not only not encouraged to pursue those studies, but in some cases actually discouraged from even trying.


    • I’m glad you shared the film with your niece. I think it’s especially important for young women to watch No Girls Allowed. Women have a shared history, and stories like the gender integration at Central High must never be forgotten.


  2. Darlene, I watched the film and feel it is very professionally presented. I think I left comments on the day I viewed it. I do hope I remembered. Best wishes as you continue on this journey!


    • We put the film up for a week as a test screening to see how it played. We’re doing some edits now and will be arranging a screening (maybe two) in Philadelphia in 2013. After the film has been exhibited publicly, then we will make it available as DVD. I’ll keep everyone posted.


  3. Hi Darlene,

    I was one of the original six and would love to watch your film — is it possible to view it at this point? Thanks so much for taking on this project. Best, Karen Seif


  4. I am a proud alumna of Girls High, Class of 1985. I always resented those 6 young women. I felt that the forced gender integration of Central High School stamped our school with an inferiority label. The reason that it happened was because the school district decided not to fight the lawsuit for financial reasons. And it was completely unnecessary, given that any classes that were not offered at our school could be taken at Central by Girls High girls and vice versa. It just seemed like some spoiled priviled girls that wanted something cool on their college applications. I participated in demonstrations against Central going coed as did many of my classmates. The School Superintendent at the time was a Girls High alumna. I’m sure it broke her heart. And for the record, with my “inferior” education, I got a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.


  5. I’m hoping you can invite the “6” to the screening! I’d love to see it when it’s available… and only partially because I knew 3 of the 6 as a teen and young adult. I remember the stories of the flowers in the urinals, and thought it bizarre. I’m a member of the class of ’84 at NYC’s Stuyvesant, which had been co-ed since 1969. Even as a math and science oriented school, there wasn’t so much of a whiff of thought that the girls didn’t belong, though I’ve heard (and read) that at the time of the change, it was a huge controversy.


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