Tomboys!

Feisty Girls and Spirited Women

Louisa May Alcott was a tomboy, as was her heroine, Jo March, in Little Women. But Jo, like most literary tomboys, was tamed once she reached adolescence. Real-life tomboys tell a different story. In this lively, inspiring documentary, interviews with African-American teenager, Jay Gillespie; firefighter, Tracy Driscoll; lesbian artist, Nancy Brooks Brody; and political activist, "Granny D.," are intercut with personal photographs and archival footage to celebrate tomboys of all ages. The connection between the rebel girl and the spirited woman is gloriously clear. Their tales of energy and enterprise are a revelation to us all.

 

 

"This is an excellent video not only for the general public but also for those who work with girls and young people. It emphasizes the importance of diversity and the value of encouraging all children to explore who they are and who they want to be."

       -Molly Robinson, Smith College