The USC Schwarzenegger Institute collaborated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington, D.C to co-host a screening of the award winning film, Woman at War, at USC.
Woman at War is an Icelandic environmental-themed, feminist comedy-drama focusing on the intersection of environmental activism and women's rights. Senator Fran Pavley gave the opening remarks and connected her environmental work and political career with the theme of the film.
Senator Pavley described her experience working with other female legislators and their ability to work effectively with one another. She credited a lot of their success to not needing to take personal credit for their legislative accomplishments. When asked who her favorite women environmental activists were Senator Pavley responded with, “Sally Bingham of InterFaith Power & Light for leading a multi-faith response to climate change and Julie Packard, Founder and Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”
Senator Pavley, Sally Bingham, and Julie Packard have all led their respective environmental work with zeal. Similarly, Woman at War, presented the story of a fierce woman leading a one-person fight against the major polluting industries in Iceland. These four examples have very distinct backgrounds, but are all an inspiration to continue the fight against climate change.