Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Vt-174
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999
Quantity: 29 videotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotape collection of Focus on Women, a television show featuring half-hour interviews with women of achievement.
Accession numbers: 98-M100 and 99-M166
These videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cablevision in June 1998 and November 1999.
Processed: May 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in Focus on Women videotapes is held by is held by Florence Rapoport.
Upon her death, copyright transfers to the President and Fellows of Harvard College
for the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Videotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999; item description, dates. Vt-174,
reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Focus on Women Videotapes,
Focus on Women, a television program featuring women of achievement, was initiated by Florence Rapoport
in 1983, and produced by Long Island Cablevision. Each show consists of a half-hour
interview by Rapoport. Prevalent among the women interviewed are writers, psychologists,
artists, teachers, scholars, social activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and health
professionals. The program was directed by Shari Schultz, with assistance from Gayle
Rapoport was formerly a screen-and speech writer, an economic analyst for the federal
government, and for more than twenty years a schoolteacher. In 1978 she co-founded
Womanspace, a center created to serve the educational, psychological, and social needs
of women in the Great Neck area of Long Island, New York.
The collection consists of 56 individual shows, with two 30-minute shows on each videotape,
followed by a tribute to Florence Rapoport. Tapes are listed in the order provided
by the donor, which is roughly chronological, spanning the years 1996-1999. Some shows
repeat. Note that show numbers on the tape labels duplicate show numbers in the series
found in the finding aid, Focus on Women
Videotapes, 1983-1993 (Vt-59
); hence that numbering scheme was not used in this inventory.
- 1. Show 1: Goldstein, Ellisse Jo. Founder of New Art from Israel. June 17, 1996; Show
2: Waters, Jean Marie. Paralympics medalist and lawyer. June 17, 1996.
- 2. Show 1: Fish, Bilha. Radiologist. June 28, 1996; Show 2: Taylor, Sharon. Comprehensive
cancer care for women. June 28, 1996.
- 3. Show 1: Janki, Dadi and Sister Jayanti. European Director of the Brahma Kumaris World
Spiritual University. July 30, 1996; Show 2: Rotstein, Nancy Gay. Author. August 2,
- 4. Show 1: Adamson, Rebecca. President of First Nations Development Institute. August
30, 1996; Show 2: Cox-Fill, Olivia. Author. August 30, 1996.
- 5. Show 1: Elbert, Margaret. Author, Mended Hearts. September 24, 1996; Show 2: Thompson, Elizabeth. Action-adventure [mural] painter.
September 24, 1996.
- 6. Shows 1 and 2: Boorstein, Sylvia, Ph.D. Psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher. Parts
I and II. November 1, 1996.
- 7. Show 1: Dunn, Mary Maples, Ph.D. Director of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.
November 14, 1996; Show 2: César, Kamala. South Indian dancer. January 15, 1996.
- 8. Show 1: Meyer, Beth. Art and food connoisseur. February 21, 1997; Show 2: Pennacchia,
Yvette M. Author and incest survivor. March 29, 1997.
- 9. Show 1: Varda, Yoran. Sculptor and woman of the world. April 11, 1997; Show 2: Dworkin,
Susan. Author. May 2, 1997.
- 10. Show 1: Schreiber, LeAnne. Author. May 6, 1997; Show 2: Ward, Joyce. Author. May 9,
- 11. Show 1: Sloane, Louise P. Artist. June 6, 1997; Show 2: Witchel, Alex. Journalist
and author. June 20, 1997.
- 12. Show 1: Epstein, Dr. Nancy. Neurosurgeon. June 23, 1997; Show 2: Krim, Mathilde. Chair
of the board of the Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR). August 8, 1997.
- 13. Shows 1 and 2: Weed, Susun S. Author, teacher, and herbalist. Parts I and II. September
- 14. Show 1: Jaffe, Marjorie. Author and fitness instructor. September 29, 1997; Show 2:
Shumsky, Adaia. Author and clinical psychologist. September 29, 1997.
- 15. Show 1: Booher, Dianna. Communications expert and author. October 16, 1997; Show 2:
Chapperon, Sylvia. Music teacher and women's advocate. October 16, 1997.
- 16. Show 1: Gribin, Liz. Artist. October 1997; Show 2: Adler, Margot. Author and journalist.
April 14, 1998.
- 17. Show 1: Greene, Alison E. Regional Director of the United States Department of Health
and Human Services. October 31, 1997; Show 2: Christ, Carol P. Writer, scholar, and
feminist. November 10, 1997.
- 18. Show 1: DeFrancis, Suellen. Architect and interior designer. December 12, 1997; Show
2: Gelfand, Gloria. Director of International Marketing Management, Inc. December
- 19. Show 1: Waterman, Rachel. Multi-cultural activist and feminist. December 23, 1997;
Show 2: Wensley, Penny. Her Excellency, Australia's Ambassador to the United Nations.
March 30, 1998.
- 20. Show 1: Weinblatt, Lisa DeLoria. Artist. March 20, 1998; Show 2: Swirsky, Joan. Author
and teacher. March 27, 1998.
- 21. Shows 1 and 2: Swirsky, Joan. Author and teacher. Swirsky interviews Rapoport. Parts
I and II. April 20, 1998.
- 22. Shows 1 and 2: Swerdlow, Amy and Lerner, Judy. Friends of Bella [Abzug]. Parts I and
II. May 14, 1998.
- 23. Show 1: Abbot, Shirley. Author. May 19, 1998; Show 2: Prince, Sydel, ACSW. Alcohol
and substance abuse therapist. May 29, 1998.
- 24. Show 1: Sark. Author. June 12, 1998; Show 2: Maisonrouge, Ketty. International issues
and law. July 9, 1998.
- 25. Show 1: Lawrence, Marcia. Author. July 17, 1998; Show 2: Hart, Josephine. Author.
September 25, 1998.
- 26. Show 1: Rosenson, Harriet. [Dr. David] Rauch tribute, educational lecturer on international
affairs. October 2, 1998; Show 2: Thomson, Anna [Levine]. Actress. November 12, 1998.
- 27. Show 1: Tarlo, Luna. Author. November 16, 1998; Show 2: Moscovitz, Ann A. Mayor of
Tenafly, New Jersey. January 22, 1999.
- 28. Show 1: Swirsky, Joan. Author and teacher. February 22, 1999. [Repeat episode. See
reel 21.] Show 2: Goodman, Sister Maureen. Program director of the Brahma Kumaris
World Spiritual University. March 27, 1998.
- 29. "Focus on Women Retrospective." Tribute to Florence Rapoport by friends and previous guests, as well
highlights from the series. August 1999.
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Women lawyers--United States
Women medalists--United States
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Abbot, Shirley, interviewee
Adamson, Rebecca, 1950- interviewee
Adler, Margot, interviewee
Booher, Dianna Daniels, interviewee
Boorstein, Sylvia, interviewee
César, Kamala, interviewee
Chapperon, Sylvia, interviewee
Cox-Fill, Olivia, interviewee
Christ, Carol P., interviewee
DeFrancis, Suellen, interviewee
Dunn, Mary Maples, interviewee
Dworkin, Susan, interviewee
Elbert, Margaret, interviewee
Epstein, Nancy, interviewee
Fish, Bilha, interviewee
Gelfand, Gloria, interviewee
Goldstein, Ellisse Jo, interviewee
Goodman, Maureen, Sister, interviewee
Greene, Alison E., interviewee
Gribin, Liz, interviewee
Hart, Josephine, interviewee
Jaffe, Marjorie, interviewee
Janki, Dadi, 1916- interviewee
Jayanti, Sister, interviewee
Krim, Mathilde, interviewee
Lawrence, Marcia, interviewee
Lerner, Judy, interviewee
Levine, Anna, interviewee
Maisonrouge, Ketty, interviewee
Meyer, Beth, interviewee
Moscovitz, Ann A., interviewee
Pennacchia, Yvette M., interviewee
Prince, Sydel, interviewee
Rapoport, Florence, interviewer
Rosenson, Harriet, interviewee
Rotstein, Nancy-Gay, interviewee
Sark, 1954- interviewee
Schreiber, Le Anne, 1945- interviewee
Shumsky, Adaia, interviewee
Sloane, Louise P., interviewee
Swerdlow, Amy, interviewee
Swirsky, Joan, interviewee
Tarlo, Luna, interviewee
Taylor, Sharon, interviewee
Thompson, Elizabeth Abrams, interviewee
Varda, Yoran, interviewee
Ward, Joyce, 1932- interviewee
Waterman, Rachel, interviewee
Waters, Jean Marie, interviewee
Weed, Susun S., interviewee
Weinblatt, Lisa DeLoria, interviewee
Wensley, Penny, interviewee
Witchel, Alex, interviewee