October 11, 2016 is International Day of the Girl which was first started by the U.N. in 2011 to “honor girls and work to improve their lives.” I can’t think of a better way of commemorating the day than by posting a link here to No Girls Allowed, the documentary about the first girls who attended the 147-year-old all-male public high school, Central High in Philadelphia.
Yes, you read that correctly — public high school. Central High was not some elite private school, making up its own rules. It was a public high school in the School District of Philadelphia that for 147 years prohibited girls from attending. No girls were allowed at Central High until 1983 – when the brave young girls in the photo above contested 147 years of gender inequality.
I made this film to celebrate those brave young girls.
People have forgotten about this story, and many more don’t even know that it happened. When people forget historical moments of social justice, or victories over discrimination are not remembered and honored, we are doomed as a society to keep repeating those injustices.
If you’d like to learn more about the film, please read my post, No Girls Allowed.
If you’d like to watch it, just click the link below and it will take you to Vimeo, where No Girls Allowed is available for viewing, in honor of International Day of the Girl. If you’re a teacher or professor and would like a DVD to share with your students, please let me know in the comments below.
This is one story we should never forget.
The courage of these girls must always be remembered.
On International Day of the Girl, and all days.
Please CLICK HERE to take you to Vimeo and to watch No Girls Allowed…