Here’s to the Women! features live original music, readings, and images highlighting the struggle for the Nineteenth Amendment, here in the West and beyond. A detailed description, reviews, songs, and a wealth of other information on suffrage is available at this link on my website.
Phone Number: 360-920-7533
Jeanne Schultz Angel
Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois
Prior to 1920, women were denied the vote in the majority of elections in the United States. The struggle for enfranchisement began with the birth of our nation and was approached differently in our local, state, and federal elections. Despite what people today believe to be a straightforward goal, the path to women’s suffrage was infused with sexism and racism and triggered a fear of feminism whose roots are still seen today. While wealthy women advocates played a vital role in the suffrage movement, they were not the only ones seeking enfranchisement. From attorney Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in Illinois, to Ida B. Wells, a woman who did not let racism stop her voice, women’s suffrage has been a battle hard fought by a diverse group of activists in Illinois.
Phone Number: 773-426-4885
Margaret Fuller: Forerunner of Women’s Rights and Suffrage in America
Margaret Fuller: Liberating Women to Speak Their Minds and Get the Vote!
In their monumental three-volume work, History of Woman Suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote a separate chapter on Margaret Fuller as forerunner of American women’s rights and suffrage history. In the late 1830s and early 1840s, Fuller led Conversations for Women in Boston which was extraordinary for the times, which Stanton attended. After writing the first American feminist international bestseller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, in 1844, which influenced the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, Fuller began her literary and social criticism as first woman reporter for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune from 1844 to 1846. She became the first woman foreign correspondent and war correspondent in Europe and during the Roman Revolution from 1846 to 1850.
Phone number: 215-256-8481
April Young Bennett
Leadership, Collaboration and Changing the World: What Modern Activists Can Learn from the Suffrage Movement
April Young Bennett, author of Ask a Suffragist: Stories and Wisdom from America's First Feminists, can speak at your event about what modern leaders, activists and change-makers can learn from bold women from history and what she has learned about changing hearts and minds as an advocate for women, children and underserved populations. Themes include:
Leadership: How do we define our priorities? How do we motivate people?
Collaboration: How do we build our team? How do we find our niche?
Diversity: How do we work with people who are different from us? Why do we need to?
Women’s Empowerment: How do we makes our voices heard? How do we break the glass ceiling?
Teamwork: How can we support our collaborators? How do we de-escalate conflict?
Resilience: How do we cope with setbacks?
Self Care: How do we balance it all?
Phone Number: 801-253-2895
Votes for Women Project
I have been touring plays and other programs about the Washington, Oregon and national suffrage campaigns for over 25 years. Two-person and solo shows include:
May’s Vote – Prim Emma Smith DeVoe and outrageous May Arkwright Hutton, who worked side by side – but seldom eye to eye – to win the vote for women in Washington State in 1910.
Winners – A portrait gallery of women’s rights trailblazers, “extremists” who helped to make today possible, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Dr. Mary Walker and Febb Burn, the mother of the Tennessee legislator who cast the deciding vote in the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Women included can be varied.
I Cannot Think: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue – Satirical suffrage propaganda piece, written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe in 1913. Mrs. W. Winslow Crannell shares her views on “the woman question” and the terrible disasters that will befall the country if women become voters. She’s serious . . . and hilarious.
All performances include post-play discussion. Talks on a variety of topics and school workshops are also available.
Phone Number: 240-893-3666
Paula F. Casey
Paula F. Casey has spent the last 30 years educating the public about the 72-year struggle for women to be included in the U.S. Constitution. It was the greatest nonviolent revolution in the history of our country. She has published a book, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage (also available as an e-book and audiobook); produced a DVD, "Generations: American Women Win the Vote;"and she discusses the dearth of women in statuary. She has been instrumental in getting public art dedicated to the suffragists placed across Tennessee in Nashville, Jackson and Memphis. She co-founded the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail - www.tnwomansuffrageheritagetrail.com
Phone Number: 901-525-7510
Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. has explained the suffrage movement and clearly illustrated the actions, strategies, personalities and themes that marked this historic achievement for more than a decade. With a deep appreciation of the historic movement, he offers slide shows and lectures on the movement in general and on specific topics like Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters, the 1911 California victory, suffrage artists and successful strategies. Mr. Cooney is the author of an acclaimed, beautifully illustrated history, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement, and a tribute to Inez Milholland, Remembering Inez. He is a graphic designer as well as a writer and works closely with the National Women’s History Alliance in California.
Actress who performs as Jeannette Rankin
Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) was the first woman elected to Congress. She served two terms years apart, each time voting against the U.S. entrance into a world war. Jeannette Rankin, whose public embrace of the movement, determination to create a suffrage committee, eloquence, and—perhaps most of all—steady example as the first woman in Congress, pushed women’s voting rights to the front of America’s agenda and pushed it far nearer to reality.
Phone Number: 313-522-5726
Samantha "Rastles" the Woman Question
This is a one-woman show based on the humorous writings of 19th-century author, Marietta Holley, who wrote over twenty books between 1873-1914. I assume the persona of Samantha Smith Allen, Holley's farm wife and rustic philosopher, who uses her popular brand of 19th-century horse sense humor and dry wit to tackle issues of suffrage, history's treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women's powerlessness before the law, arguments of differential intelligence based on gender, social status, role assumptions, and more. She is particularly pointed about the need for women's suffrage.
Ladies of Liberty - Celebrating Suffrage and the History of Women’s Rights in America
This acclaimed musical revue tells the story of women’s rights in America and celebrates the 2020 Centennial and how women won the right to vote. The revue looks into movement beginnings and connections within the abolitionist and temperance movements and brings us up-to-date to the modern feminist legacy and empowerment— all through exuberant, lively, sometimes humorous, and often touching songs. This live 2-person performance is both enjoyable and enlightening.
Phone Number: 212-433-2579
Susan B. Anthony
I start with her adult life and then go back to her childhood. SO we get a sense of who she was and why she became the woman that she did! This show will demonstrate her passion and determination for a cause she never got to see come to fruition. Hear all about this fascinating lady in this one-woman, multimedia presentation. These shows are performed across the country, however I am based in MA. I perform at schools, libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and various women's organizations. I have just added her to my lineup.
Phone Number: 866-936-6551
Anne B. Gass
Anne provides lively historic talks, accompanied by slides of historic photos. One is on the book she published in 2014 about her great-grandmother, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage. Whitehouse was a suffrage leader in Maine from 1914-1920, and, working closely with Alice Paul, helped ensure that Maine ratified the 19th Amendment when antis launched a last-minute effort to defeat it.
Phone Number: 207/657-4935 (office) 207/650-4369 (cell)
Alice Paul: Winning Votes for Women
In this living-history portrayal, award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays suffragist Alice Paul, one of the most dynamic leaders in the fight to win votes for women. An innovative and tireless worker, Paul organized parades, put together the first picketing demonstrations outside the White House, lobbied politicians, and endured imprisonment for women’s suffrage. As fearless as she was pioneering, she remains an icon in the struggle for equal rights.
Votes for Women: The 72-Year Struggle for Women's Suffrage
At a time when voting can feel more like an obligation than a privilege, we often forget that it took 72 years for American women to win the right to vote. This illustrated talk by renowned presenter Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explore the long struggle from 1848 -- when the first call was issued at Seneca Falls -- to 1920, when women finally gained suffrage. We'll explore the tireless work suffragists did, giving speeches, writing letters and petitions, gathering signatures by the thousands, parading, picketing, and preserving in the face of strident opposition. Some were even jailed and beaten. You'll never find it convenient to vote again.
Carrie Chapman Catt: Suffragist Leader & Founder of the League of Women Voters
A One-Woman Play Celebrating Votes for Women!
Carrie was Susan B. Anthony’s hand-picked successor for president of the two-million-member National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Her “Winning Plan” helped to make Votes for Women a reality in August of 1920, and she went on to found the League of Women Voters. Groups large and small will enjoy this educational and entertaining presentation that tells a great American story!
Phone Number: 610-688-5842
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
My living history portrayal of Mrs. Cady Stanton is set in 1866, at the time of fierce debate over the proposed amendments to the Constitution and its ramifications on women's suffrage. My presentation draws heavily on Mrs. Cady Stanton's own speeches and letters and fully tells her personal story and struggles up until 1866.
Phone Number: 815-494-4313
Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire
Many women fought against getting the vote, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic—than the fictional speaker in Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe’s 1913 “An Anti-Suffrage Monologue.” A professional actress, I tour nationally, pairing Howe’s “side-splitting” satire with a lively lecture putting the Antis’ seemingly ludicrous arguments in historical context. A talk-back follows. Past sponsors include universities, libraries, museums, and multiple branches of the League of Women Voters and the AAUW. You’ll find further description, reviews, photos, bios, and a list of 250 sponsors on my website.
Phone Number: 201-863-6436
The Legendary Ladies
Unconventional Women of the West
The Legendary Ladies, with 25 members portraying over 50 characters, showcase the lives of historical women who impacted the West. One of those characters is Ellis Meredith, Suffragist, who not only helped Colorado’s women gain the right to vote in 1893 (Colorado was the first state in the Union to grant women’s suffrage as voted on by male residents) but also campaigned for the national amendment.
A single presentation of Unconventional Women of the West features four to six characters, depending on show length. Each historically accurate monologue is 6-9 minutes long. All formats feature a costumed announcer, who introduces the women. By providing several vignettes during a single performance, audiences learn about a variety of extraordinary women and are often inspired to read more about the characters.
A sampling of other strong women in the West portrayed include:
• Julia Archibald Holmes-Mountaineer/Suffragist
• Nellie Tayloe Ross-First Woman Governor in US
• Mother Jones-Labor Activist
• Frances Wisebart Jacobs-Mother of Charities
• Anne Evans-Cultural Pioneer
• Emily Griffith-Pioneer Educator
Members research the life stories of unique women—from those who were born in the West, to immigrants, and visitors—write their scripts, create their era-appropriate costumes, and then portray, in first-person living history, their spirited stories in an entertaining and educational format.
Phone Number: 720-335-7852
Hear My Voice
Living Voices is pleased to present the multimedia performance Hear My Voice which brings to life the struggle of women in the United States to attain the vote. This acclaimed program focuses on Alice Paul and the suffrage movement as seen through the eyes of a young activist dedicated to equality for women. Living Voices is an educational theatre company that offers a personal approach towards understanding important periods in history and applying their significance for today’s audiences. By combining live solo performances with archival film, Living Voices turns history into a moving journey.
Phone Number: 1-800-331-5716
Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt
I take my audience on Susan’s journey from childhood to her death, providing snippets of her life and roles in temperance, abolition and women’s suffrage movement. Carrie Chapman Catt’s journey, as I present it, is her involvement in the suffrage movement and advancement in the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I appear in full period costume. The presentation includes:
1) "The Tale of Seneca Falls" Elizabeth reflects on her life describing how it all got started, giving needed context for her famous 1848 speech at Wesleyan Chapel;
2) Elizabeth delivers "We Now Demand Our Rights," and excerpt of the 1848 speech given at the first organized women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York;
3) Interactive Q & A with Elizabeth.
Phone Number: 314-800-4050
March of the Women:
Music for the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage
This program consists of songs about women’s suffrage from as early as the mid-nineteenth century through 1920. In addition, the program includes songs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries about the role of women in society, including songs about equal work for equal pay, reproductive rights, and other relevant topics. It begins with “Winning the Vote,” a humorous but pointed song written in 1912 as a conversation between men and women about women’s suffrage and ends with “Bread and Roses,” the anthemic song of women workers based on a poem inspired by the 1912 Lawrence textile strike. This is an entertaining and informative look at the fight for women’s right to vote and the continuing fight for women’s rights.
Women Who Changed America
Marie Papciak has been portraying women in history for over 30 years. Working with young girls in the school where she was the elementary library-media specialist for 24 years, Marie created and produced mini assemblies that she took to other schools within the Lansing, Michigan Waverly School District. She attended the National Women's History Project (NWHP) Conference in California and found the needed training to "write women back into history.” She co-chaired the 20th Anniversary of the NWHP for the State of Michigan in November, 2000. She also has had numerous roles in productions at Riverwalk Theater, Lansing Civic Players, and Bath Community Players.
Marie has performed for schools, women's service groups, historical societies all over the state, MSU Kaleidoscope 2004 & 2008, Michigan Questers Conventions, retired State of Michigan employees, church groups, libraries, professional women's groups, universities and colleges, and senior citizen centers.
Long Island and the Women Suffrage Movement
My presentation discusses the history of the movement, and the disproportionate influence of Long Island women on both the local and national scene. It is accompanied by supportive photographs and can be tailored to the locale - information on local women is featured. The program lasts about 45 minutes to one hour, and there is always time for questions and discussion.
Phone Numbers: 516-671-8218, 516-524-3322
Susan B. Anthony Says A Word
A 50’ Solo Play & Q&A - From the Writings of Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) here recalls her life as an earnest, and for a time, a frivolous, young woman and the events that brought her in 1851 to meet her great friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Soon after, Anthony became a full-time worker for woman’s rights: her right to the control of her own person, her right to ownership of her wages, her right to the guardianship of her own children—and finally, her right to suffrage.
Louisa May Alcott: Living “Little Women”
A 50’ Solo Play & Q&A - From the Writings of Louisa May Alcott
Living Little Women is the true story of Louisa May Alcott’s growing up with a brilliant, eccentric mother and an unstable genius father. Alcott pulled not only herself but her entire family out of grinding poverty—a much more tortured, much more dramatic story of love, tenacity, and courage than that offered in “Little Women.” This performance includes excerpts from Alcott’s childhood dramatic melodramas.
Digging In Their Heels: An Energized, Eye-Opening Story of Women's Battle for the Vote!
Imagine if Susan B. Anthony and her pals had i-Phones, Twitter, and Uber drivers. Maybe it wouldn't have taken 72 years to win the vote? Or maybe it would have, given the resistance they faced. Story performer Sally Perkins takes you on a whirlwind, updated ride through the trials of the women's suffrage battle, told in a way you'll never forget!
A one-hour, humor-filled, interactive, poignant one-woman performance of the suffrage story, including an honest recognition of the racism that pervaded the movement.
I provide one-woman Chautaqua-style monologue performances of the following women: Harriet Tubman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman, and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Each performance is tailored to the host organization’s mission statement & core values, and theme of the event. The audience will be transported back through time where they meet and experience dramatic highlights of the individuals life in a first-person story/testimonial.
Susan B. Anthony and the Suffragists: Failure is Impossible
Focuses on the history of women’s voting rights in the U.S., the 72-year fight for women to get the vote, and the accomplishments of women in politics since 1920.
Phone Number: 303-910-2101
Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban
Suffragettes in Corselettes: The Evolution of Underwear & Our 19th Amendment
For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.
Herstory Unsanitized presentations explore the engrossing “taboo” subjects omitted from history. When a zany teacher and grounded green witch join forces, they create Grounded Goodwife. Velya Jancz-Urban’s gregarious personality and Ehris Urban’s serene energy enable this mother/daughter duo to connect with audiences. Their delivery is funny and frank. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers’ journeys.
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