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The Single Woman and The Double Standard

Directed by Beryl Fox
Canada, 1964 (documentary, 58 minutes, black and white, English)
Also known as "The Single Woman & The Double Standard"

Film Description:
"The host and narrator is Morton M. Hunt, lecturer and author of the definitive study on modern woman, Her Infinite Variety. Six women are presented [...]. Judy LaMarsh, Minister of Canada's Health and Welfare Department, and the highest ranking woman in politics [...] speaks about how a woman in politics is regarded; her social life; the drawbacks of being single; her ability to easily trade in politics for a husband. Eve Law, a busy working woman who was once married for six years, explains how she has no time for men. Violet Cook, a partner in one of Canada's largest stock brokerages, Doherty, Roadhouse and McCuaig Brothers, speaks about how she is able to fit into her male dominated working environment. She also explains how married women have difficulties in understanding single women. Joyce Davidson, a television personality and commentator, discusses how the double standard is an advantage; how married women regard single women as a threat; the trade-off between feminity and identity. David Susskind airs his views on women as being the superior race, over a game of pool with Davidson. Johanne Harrell, a model and actress, explains her main concern as that of being loved. Ene Riisna speaks on how she never wishes to be married and how she loves being single despite the occasional bouts of loneliness. To her, marriage would end the suprises of life."
-- Library and Archives Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Beryl Fox, Douglas Leiterman
Narrator: Morton Hunt
Film Editing: Don Haig
Production Company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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