The ERA MARCH, Washington Mall, Washington, DC
More than 100,000 women wearing white – the connection to the women who fought for the Vote – marched in favor of Congress granting an extension on the time given to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
When the vote was taken that year theygranted an additional three years.
I was there that day marching with a group under the flag of the Coalition of Women’s Arts Organizations.
It was an exciting, energizing, and hopeful gathering on a very hot and humid Summer day in Washington. We were part of women’s history.
Those days were filled with challenges. The memories of the times and the people are vivid for me
and being a part of the 1970s Women’s Movement changed my life.
Pushing Boundaries is my personal story of those days – –
I will be telling PUSHING BOUNDARIES:
2 PM Thursday September 10 at the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN
7:30 PM Wednesday, September 16, Friendship Heights Village Com. Ctr., Chevy Chase, MD
I hope women will come to hear this story and to remember their own.
Thinking about and working on The Hello Girls, the show I will present at the Capital Fringe.
Starting the day of working on my Capital Fringe Show, The Hello Girls, listening to a popular boy-girl song from WWI ERA – to get my heart, mind and imagination geared into the right time zone. Pete Wendling recorded this for the player-piano in 1917 – the country was charged with patriotic spirit as America entered the Great War, the “boys” wanted to to go “over there”, my grandmother – Louise Cobb Diggle, wrote from New York City that the air was filled with music and calls for people to buy War Bonds, but she had no idea that in 9 months her two brothers would be “over there” in France and that only one would come home. Recently I saw a small dance card from an entertainment on a troop ship on the Atlantic on the way to France – For Me and My Gal was listed on the music program. March 6, 1918 The First 33 – of the Hello Girls, left NYC behind. Proudly wearing their new dark blue Army Signal Corps uniforms they boarded a troop ship along with several thousand Doughboys and sailed to France.
http://March 2014 I had a chance to revisit this teen-age story, The Sock Hop, for a performance with Better Said Than Done storytellers at the Auld Shebeen. www.bettersaidthandone.com
You can count on Better Said Than Done to fill the room with lively audiences who are ready to enjoy storytelling. Tellers love that – – which makes for a really good show. I look forward to being on their stage again in 2015.