Project Description

Ellen Gavin on Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Activist/Writer Ellen Gavin speaks passionately about Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a prodigious, outspoken woman who led one of the most successful strikes in U.S. history. Although she was imprisoned numerous times it never stopped her from fighting for the fair treatment of immigrants, factory workers, African Americans, and other oppressed people. Take a little inspiration from this kick-ass woman.


Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Ellie Ann Fenton
Editors: Farrel Levy & Franzis Muller
Producer/Sound: Courtney Graham
Co-Producer: Jill Klein

More About…

Ellen Gavin


Ellen Gavin is a writer, producer and activist. She was the Founding Artistic Director of the Brava Theater Center, a nationally-recognized venue focused on women, playwrights of color and youth, and is a cultural anchor in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was an activist, labor organizer, and one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Photo of Paterson Silk Strike Leaders (1913) from Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University. Photo of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn from Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-B2-1234].