Since our announcement
last year that we would document the life of Victoria Woodhull
first woman to speak before Congress (1871) and first woman to run for
President (1872), Kelly Boyer Sagert, Bette Lou Higgins and Peter Huston
have been busy planning, researching, writing and interviewing.
Kelly and Bette Lou have worked to research and write the storytelling
program, VICTORIA WOODHULL: SHATTERING GLASS CEILINGS. Dunamis Theatre
in Akron hosted a day-long event on March 30th called "Suffrage
Centennial" a history of the women's movement, theatre,
music, and comedy showcasing strong, creative women. Our Victoria Woodhull
program was the centerpiece of the event and included Anne McEvoy appearing
as Victoria and accepting the presidential nomination followed by the
Managing Director of Dunamis, Nici Romo wrote, "It was a pleasure
to host this event. Dunamis Theatre is rooted in community and conversation
and I think that this event really spoke to both of those things. It
was my goal to obtain as many creative and strong women to participate
in the Suffrage Centennial as possible and I know that we accomplished
that. I know that I was moved by the performances and as a woman I felt
closer to the women that fought for inequality long before I was born.
Solidarity feels good and I am lucky to be a part of it."
Our storytelling program is now available for presentations to other
groups and it's not too early too think about including it in your celebrations
next year for the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Amendment.
In the meantime, we've got some interviews done, Peter is working on
editing these for a short documentary to use as a sample to allow us
to apply for funding and Kelly is working on the beginnings of a script.
We began fundraising which includes a GoFundMe
As with our Grandma Gatewood project we know it will be a long,
slow process as we raise money and continue filming. If you have any
ideas and/or would like to help with fundraising, hosting an event,
or in any other way, just let us know. Be sure to check our website
regularly for current information.
As Victoria would say, "Onward!".
you know that when Victoria ran for president her platform included
support for an eight-hour work day, minority representation in Congress,
universal suffrage for women, public housing for the poor, a national
education system, and the creation of an international body to help
prevent war around the world?