Sometimes I feel like I am trying to do the impossible. I wrote a play — a musical called We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History — and instead of just trying to get it produced and/or published, I am just trying to get it into every high school in the country. Why? Because it is not just a simple play. It is not just a cute story or even a dramatic story or even a thought-provoking story.
It is the story of how women got their rights in America. It is the story of the ordinary women who stood up and said I must do something about this wrong that is happening to me and my friends. It is the story of Anne Hutchinson who had to stand trial for speaking in public to men and women. It is the story of Mary Young Pickersgill who made the flag that Francis Scott Key wrote about. It is the story of Sojourner Truth, of Susan B. Anthony, of Alice Paul, of the women of the 70s and the 80s. It is the story of how women got the vote, how women helped in the civil rights movements. It is the story thousands and thousands of women didn’t take second class citizenship as a given.
We are putting this musical on using volunteer actors — most of them from the older generations. We want to teach the younger generations. We want to help the younger generations learn about the past, learn where we came from in order to see the potential of what we can do in the future if we work together. So that members of the young generation, when they see the play, will ask the real questions — what do I stand for, what will I do for the generations to follow me?
We’ve been invited to perform at the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in California. Listen in to this blog as I chronicle this great adventure