How "20th Century Women" Benefitted Planned Parenthood This Weekend
Planned Parenthood played a big role in the film's development, acting as a resource to ensure that scenes using the Planned Parenthood California Central Coast were realistic in terms of information and resources about the health center in the 1970s.
"The people at Planned Parenthood were so helpful to me with the writing and pre-production of '20th Century Women,'" Mike Mills, writer and director of the film, said in a statement. "They connected me with people who worked in PP offices in the 70s to make sure every aspect of my scenes was correct, from the language counselors used to the very particular decor and dress of the people in those offices, to the overarching philosophy and attitude of the women who worked there. It was very important to me that we capture this moment in women’s reproductive rights accurately and they were so generous and helpful to me."
Set in 1979, the film tells the story of a single mother raising her son, and reopens the conversation about women's rights and health care across America.
In a special feature, Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards works with filmmakers to talk about women's health initiatives.
"Even though birth control became legal in the 70s, we are now headed into a time where there are folks in elected office who think we're gonna go back to the 1950s. We certainly see the outpouring of young people in this country who can’t imagine going back to a day before women had access to rights and to health care that help them plan their families," Richards says in the feature.
Women organized, demanding the right to be able to plan their own families, and in 1972, birth control was legalized for all American citizens, without factoring in relationship status (check out this timeline that dates as far back as 3000 BC).
"Today, 1 in 5 women go to Planned Parenthood for health care," Richards says.
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