Find National Performers/Authors

Women’s History comes alive with the help of talented performers or authors. Costumed performers portray both famous and infamous women from our history with relish and panache while authors and presenters bring the unbridled enthusiasm that comes from years of research and writing about a specific woman or  women’s history topic.

To find performers/authors available within a specific state, use the pull-down list provided below:

Below is our list of national performers/authors, along with their contact information:


2019 Chippawa, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941-735-1260 

Performance Description: Women Masters. Celebrating women, art and life, these programs use the magic of theatre to bring these artists to your audience. While displaying reproductions of their work, the artists discuss their subjects and style. Often in their own words, they describe the people and events that shaped their lives and art. Mary Cassatt, known for her frankness, describes her life in France during the birth of Impressionism. Georgia O’Keeffe conducts a tour through her sensational flowers and abstracts to the vastness of the American West. Lilla Cabot Perry discusses her friendship with Claude Monet and the story of Giverny, the “cradle of American Impressionism.”


Phone: 203-331-6164

Performance Description: In Our Right Minds™ has been igniting audiences at the United Nations, universities, conferences, expos, holistic learning centers and theaters with a powerful message delivered in an entertaining, engaging format. Dale Allen’s passionate presentation guides women to their strength as leaders and leads men to strength without armor, restoring the validity of right brain, “feminine” strengths in humanity. In Our Right Minds is enlightening, inspirational and fun! Ms. Allen returns to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women 2014.

This dynamic, multi-media “Cape Canaveral lift-off” features history, myth, original songs, art, artifacts, characters and comedy.   Dale Allen, a veteran of corporate and commercial communications, gives voice to a brilliant, long-forgotten intelligence that is within each of us – the intelligence of the right hemisphere of the brain, the “gatherer-nurturer” side. 

 In Our Right Minds, explores the goddess archetype as a metaphor for our right-brain wisdom.  Without an understanding of this archetype, women have been left with no clear model to guide them to their strength and wholeness, and men have been forced to suppress vast parts of their own intuitive, emotional and nurturing natures.

Leadership for a new era will be based on the integration of the feminine, as expressed through both women and men.  The restoration of the sacred feminine has profound implications for every sphere of leadership within families, communities, businesses, health, education, governments and the global economy. The United Nations’ World Conference on Women affirms that the advancement of women is central to every dimension of global development. A sustainable world cannot be built using the old, out-of-balance model; In Our Right Minds™ illuminates an alternative.  “The Mother has left a memory in us all.” 


4915 Samish Way, Unit 122, Bellingham, WA  98229
Phone: 360-920-7533

Performance DescriptionThe silencing of women’s experience and the empowering of women’s voices as they struggled for the vote will be showcased in this one-hour presentation featuring songs, images, stories and readings.  We meet Helga Estby who walked across America in 1896, Suffragists Emma Smith Devoe, May Arkwright Hutton, Alice Paul and Inez Milholland, Rosie, the Riveter, and more known and unknown women.   Linda offers a window into these ordinary and extraordinary lives.

Dr. Linda Allen is a songwriter, performer and educator.  She has worked with numerous organizations to promote women’s history including the Washington Centennial Commission, the Washington Women’s Heritage Project, the Women’s History Consortium and Humanities Washington.  She has presented her program over 40 times.  

Recent Comment: March 23, 2017
Thank you again for driving to Coos Bay and performing at our First annual Women’s History Month Luncheon. I continue to hear great feedback. Your performance gave the attendees a lot to think about.

I wanted to also let you know how your performance influenced one of our board members who was in the audience and led her to action. Arlene Roblan is a retired educator and wife of OR Senator Arnie Roblan (D). She and her table mates were so moved by your performance that last night she hosted a large group of women in her home purposely to create constructive discussion and to get us thinking about positive actions we can make. She played your CD’s in the back ground. A number of women spoke out and mentioned your performance at the museum and how much they learned from it.  

Susan M.G. Tissot, Executive Director / Coos History Museum & Maritime Collection / Coos Bay, OR 97420;  541-756-6320

linda a cdLinda’s CD:
Here’s to the Women! Commemorating Women’s Journey to Justice
Original and collected songs that celebrate women’s history with a special emphasis on the battle for the vote. Meet Native weavers, quilters, suffragists, labor leaders, domestic workers, and Rosie, the Riveters. Songs are performed by Linda and her talented friends.




Listen to song by Linda Allen: If You Had Seen Inez  

1829 NE 179 St., N. Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone: 305-945-4804

Performance Description: Everyone’s heard of Miami Beach! See it through the eyes of Rose Weiss: Mother of Miami Beach, who transformed it, with persistence and a smile, from a sparsely populated sandbar (where Jews like her could only live in the southernmost tip) into the world famous multicultural metropolis it is today. Or you can meet trailblazing Doc Anner: Petticoat Doctor of the Everglades, 2nd female doctor in Florida. Artist, physician, pharmacist, wife, mother (and even veterinarian when called upon) she braved alligators, rattlesnakes, violent outlaws and chauvinism to help and heal her patients. Q&A sessions follow with storyteller, performance artist and Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar.


Phone: 630-279-0856
Persistent Women on the Road:

Historian, actor, lecturer Annette Baldwin has traveled the Chicago area and the U.S. presenting historical portrayals, lectures and Readers Theater in nineteen states:  to public libraries, historical societies & museums, community & professional organizations, colleges & universities, corporate & government offices, State Humanities Chautauquas, as well as at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.  

Annette Travels with the Following Determined Women

 Lucretia Mott; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Carrie Chapman Catt, who persisted in their drive for equal rights for women are portrayed in one production:  The Long Road to Victory: From Pedestal to Politics & Prison in the Battle for Woman Suffrage. 

 Jane Addams, humanitarian and founder of Chicago’s social settlement Hull House, was a persistent advocate for social justice and workers rights during the first great wave of immigration.  Her daring ideas and leadership for international peace earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Susan B. Anthony, the forthright, passionate and unstoppable woman suffrage leader, was persistent in pressing the case for a woman suffrage amendment in the U.S. Constitution and equal pay for working women.

Coco Chanel, the 20th century’s most influential fashion designer and business tycoon, pulled out all the stops on style and age with her fashion theories and innovations, persistently demanding  that women reject fashion fads and be comfortable in their clothes and in their own style.

Louise Nevelson, sculpture’s Queen Bee, persistently pushed at the boundaries of art until at the age of 68 she received respect & recognition for her innovative environmental art, and at 85 received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan.

Elizabeth Van Lew, whose persistent loyalty to the United States and antipathy for slavery, in spite of her Southern birth and residency, led her to become the Civil War’s most effective espionage agent, all for which she paid the price of life-long ridicule and segregation from neighbors and former friends.

Dorothy Thompson, mid-20th-century journalist and oracle, whose persistent, nonconforming views presaged today’s social and political conditions, was named by Time magazine in 1939, along with Eleanor Roosevelt, as the “most “influential” woman “in the United States.” 

September-May: P.O. Box 281, Lederach, PA 19450 Phone: 215-256-8481
June-August: P.O. Box 22395, Santa Fe, NM 87502 Phone: 505-988-5364
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#1Margaret FullerPerformance Description: Michael Barnett presents the extraordinary life of women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller for your events. Considered the most brilliant woman in 1840s America, Margaret created “Conversations for Women” in Boston and was hired as the first woman critic for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Her book, “Woman in the Nineteenth Century,” was the first American feminist tract which inspired the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention. As the first woman foreign correspondent in Europe, Margaret supported the Roman Revolution of 1848-49. She died with her family in a shipwreck off Fire Island returning to America on July 19, 1850.

Since 2001, Michael has spoken on “The Transcendentalists: Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Theodore Parker.” He earned his Master of Divinity at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA while serving as Student Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, PA, and at Thomas Paine UU Fellowship in Collegeville, PA. His studies included the Sacred Feminine, the creative and spiritual gifts of Hildegard von Bingen and the goddess Asherah as the consort of God. Michael achieved his Master of Education, Secondary History Certification, at Gwynedd Mercy University while teaching religious studies. His History Seminar paper, “Margaret Fuller Shapes the Consciousness of America through the New York Tribune,” is in the libraries of the New York and Massachusetts Historical Societies. 

#1MichaelDuring Margaret Fuller’s 2010 Bicentennial, Michael spoke at First Parish of Concord, the Summer Conversational Series, Concord School of Philosophy, at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and at the UU History Conference in Waltham, MA. Currently, he is representing Margaret Fuller for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network as New York State prepares for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote 2017. His program there is “Margaret Fuller in New York: Planting the Seeds for Equality and the Sacred Marriage.”

 Michael adds, “I am available to travel to you. My honorarium is $350.00. I seek accommodations  through your group and also help with travel expenses as needed . I am available for in-depth workshops on Margaret Fuller including her intuitive and creative gifts and the sacred marriage she struggled to live.” 

ROBERTA BASSIN –  Actor and Author 

PO Box 3724,
Granada Hills, CA 91394
Phone: 818-366-7288

Performance Description: Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words: It is 1937, Lae, New Guinea. Emmy-submitted actress, Roberta E Bassin, brings to life famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart as she is about to leave on the last leg of her round-the-world flight reflecting on her childhood, passion for flying and her flight for the rights of women, “A pilot is a pilot.” The show culminates with an exciting audience Q and A for discussion. Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words has thrilled, delighted and inspired audiences at luncheons, museums, corporations, libraries, schools, conferences, playhouses, colleges, and benefits. “It is a must see.”

Amelia Earhart’s stepson George Putnam Jr. and his wife Marie, commented upon seeing Roberta’s performance “You can see your heart is in it. Amelia Earhart is a part of you.” Elgin Long, consultant on the new Amelia Earhart film starring Hilary Swank added. “You are a wonderful actress. You really bring Amelia Earhart to life.”

New Video: Amelia Earhart “live” on stage, written & performed by Roberta Bassin 

Watch an interview with Roberta Bassin about “Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words”


“Amelia Earhart, Me and Our Friends: Journaling the Journey.

The Amelia Earhart Self Help Book.”

After bringing America’s legendary heroine, aviator Earhart, “to life on stage,” Roberta’s many fans and supporters have encouraged her to author a book presenting what she has learned from her years of research and personal experiences in performing this role.headshot    Roberta, a graduate of UCLA in History and English with a lifetime teaching credential,

 is available for Book Signings and Discussions about Amelia Earhart. 

Learn more about Roberta:



Phone: 303-722-8786  

Performance Description: Living History Character Portrayals: Hear Jeanette Rankin, suffragist and lifelong pacifist, tell of her journey from grassroots reformer to first woman elected to Congress. Nancy Cooper Russell, the wife and business manager of western artist Charles M. Russell, shares her story of partnership, companionship and love against the backdrop of turn of the 20th century progress. Set yourself straight on the real story of political and social reformer Margaret “Molly” Brown, whose legacy reaches far beyond surviving the sinking of the Titanic! Journey to the Colorado frontier with Augusta Tabor, courageous pioneer, shrewd businesswoman and first wife of Silver Baron Horace Tabor.

Explore the Rocky Mountains with 19th century naturalist and taxidermist Martha Maxwell, a pioneer in all respects, whose exhibit of the natural world enthralled visitors at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. From classrooms to boardrooms, Chautauqua scholar, actor and educator Mary Jane Bradbury brings history to life through compelling storytelling for audiences of all ages.

“I wish I had had an applause meter when the performance concluded, for rarely have I heard such thunderous approval and yells of “bravo” from an audience.”  Director, Gallatin Historical Society

“The combination of Ms. Bradbury’s persuasive theatrical skills and depth of research brought the story alive in an unparalleled way.”   Kim Kapalka, C. M. Russell Museum

“She is such a powerful and professional presenter that we were all spellbound with her presentation.”  Elinore Grow, American Association of University Women  Visit for more information.



Performance Description: “TEA FOR THREE: Lady BirdPat & Betty” – Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford.

The Off-Broadway solo hit starring Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka offers an unforgettably vivid behind-the-scenes look at three former First Ladies. Critically acclaimed for its blend of wit, intimacy, and passion, the show reveals three women who suddenly found themselves celebrities — in what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world!” T43 Threesome with title

“Good stories…subtle…even silence is emotion-filled.” — The New York Times     

“Bromka wonderfully embodies the three women.”  — This Week in New York

 “Marvelous…poignant…the authors have humanized their subjects.” — The Star-Ledger      

“Brilliant!  Reaches across the aisles.”  — WomenArts     

“A fascinating evening…laced with insight, emotion and humor.”   — Times Herald-Record   

“6 out of 5 stars!”  — 

“Perfect.”    —  KDHX  


Full bio and prime time video clips:

Watch a video clip of the show:


 A TV (GirlsLaw & Order, Sex & the City, E.R., Sopranos and more), Broadway, Off-Broadway and film (the Uncle Buck mom) veteran, Bromka starred as eight of the First Ladies in The Presidents for PBS.  Acting and writing workshops, including “Acting on Camera” and “Making Your Monologue Hot!”, taught at over 100 colleges and high schools, are also available as part of a residency.  Extensive references, interviews, and residency information on website. Theaters, performing art centers, colleges, museums, clubs, fund raisers.  Over 300 venues include the Smithsonian, the Cerritos Arts Center, the Long Arts Center, the Straz, and theaters and colleges nationwide. 

Memphis, TN 38103-5005
Phone:  901-525-7510
Email :


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Paula F. Casey is a dynamic speaker on voting rights, particularly the 72-year struggle for women to be included in the U.S. Constitution. She has published a book, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, that’s also available as an e-book and audiobook. She produced a 12:40 DVD on woman suffrage that covers the 72-year struggle for American women to win the right to vote. The suffragists were the original persisters!

 Paula has spoken extensively around the country at conferences, universities, colleges, and
junior colleges. She is an ideal speaker for American history, political science, 
Law Day (May 1), Constitution Day (Sept. 17), Susan B. Anthony’s birthday (Feb. 15), Women’s History Month (March), Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26), and any leadership or election event. Videos are on her website – – and on YouTube –

 She served as president of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc., and was primarily responsible for the fund-raising for the monument that was unveiled on Aug. 26, 2016, in Nashville’s Centennial Park. She is working to get monuments to the suffragists across the state of Tennessee before 2020. She served as fiscal agent for Jackson’s statue of Sue Shelton White, the only Tennessee woman jailed fighting for suffrage which was unveiled on May 25, 2017, in front of Jackson’s City Hall. A monument is planned in Memphis to be unveiled in August 2018. In her presentations, she highlights the dearth of statuary honoring women. She is also working on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail.

 Her book, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, and DVD, “Generations: American Women Win the Vote,” are available in the NWHP online store.

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Historical Interpreter Extraordinaire

Historical Women Portrayed and Thematic Units
photo for presentHarriet Tubman:
Civil War, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
Sojourner Truth: Civil War, Women Suffrage, Abolition, Slavery, Itinerant Preacher
Bessie Coleman: World War 1, Aviation, Jim Crow, Roaring Twenties
Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur (Hair, skin & nail products), Civil Rights, Harlem Renaissance
Mary Fields: Wild West, Mail Carrier
Phillis Wheatley: Revolutionary War, (General George Washington, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere), Revolutionary Poet, Literary Genius
Hatshepsut: Egyptian Pharaoh
******All of the above women may be seen and read about on my web site.
Program Description:
All of my performances are approximately 50 minutes to one hour. I dress like the women and weave their life story from birth to the end of their life. I bring history alive!!! The audience will be right there when history unfolds right in front of their eyes. My performances are educational, inspiring, empowering, transforming and entertaining at the same time. It is a must see program. It is not your average program. One of the audience members once said that, “I did not perform Sojourner Truth tonight I became her.” There is always a question and answer period at the end of each performance. I also travel with memorabilia.
Audience Range: Grades three to adults
Geographic Range: Anywhere in the USA and Abroad—Whomever calls I will come.
Books Written:
A beautiful woman inherits her father’s farm and inherits all that goes into running a successful farm; love romance, marriage, tragedy.
Ms. Emmaline’s Little Book of Wit & Wisdom: It is a list of phrases parents used on the Farm of a little girl growing up in South Carolina. It is the African proverbs meeting Roots.
Zach and his Lucky Zebra Socks: A little five year old walking to the beat of his own drum; in dressing himself; he is extremely lucky whenever he wears his zebra socks.
Deedle, Deedle Your House is on Fire: The best summer adventures since Huckleberry Finn.
All can be ordered from Amazon or Author house.
**I am available for your next: Banquet, luncheon, meeting, conference, convention, community day, family reunion, youth summit, summer camp, church program, school program, college seminar, women’s conference/forum, documentary, feature film, radio talk show, TV talk show, birthday.
****I also present a very special KWANZAA presentation
For the sixth year I will present The Harriet Tubman summer camp and the Bessie Coleman summer camp. A very unique camp fusing history and science.

138 Knickerbocker Rd.
Englewood NJ, 07631
Phone: 201-568-6052

pennyProgram Description:  Celebrating Women!  A dynamic slide show of  photographs enlivened by award-winning author Penny Colman’s narration and commentary. For twenty-five years Colman has traveled throughout America to parks, cemeteries, historic sites, city streets, buildings, nature preserves, gardens, etc. to locate and photograph monuments, markers, and memorials to historic women. Now, she has compiled her extraordinary collection of photographs into an entertaining, informative, and inspiring presentation that can be adapted to suit different venues.

The author of many award-winning books, Penny has been honored by the New Jersey State Legislature for her books and public appearances that have “contributed to the advancement of women.” Her other thoroughly engaging programs are:

Adventurous Women2Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories about Women Who Made a Difference A fascinating slide show and Penny Colman’s stories about eight amazing women from an Arctic explorer to a plant hunter who lived passionate, productive and adventurous lives.


Friendship6Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World A thought-provoking slide show and Penny Colman’s insights into the legendary friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their historic 51-year-long fight for women’s rights, despite fierce opposition, daunting conditions, and betrayal by friends and allies.


 Rosie the RiviterRosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front In World War II An inspiring slide show with archival film footage and Penny Colman’s commentary about the heroic women who kept the home front running and created the “miracle of production” that ensured the Allies success in World War II.

Book Club Conversations: Lively, interactive conversations with Penny Colman about any of her books via Skype or Facetime, or in person if possible. For information galore about Penny’s books please go to


P.O. Box 362
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone(650) 712-4400

Robert Cooney-AuthorDescription: Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. has studied the historic drive to win the vote by American women for over 15 years.  After attending the University of Santa Clara in California, he joined the staff of the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence in Palo Alto where he designed and co-edited “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States” (Peace Press: 1977).  This illustrated history traced nonviolent tactics and philosophy throughout U.S. history from William Penn to Martin Luther King, Jr., and awakened an interest in the woman suffrage movement.  Moving to Pt. Reyes Station in 1977, he opened Robert Cooney Graphic Design and subsequently created hundreds of books, publications, and special projects for commercial and non-profit clients.  In 1993 he started the Woman Suffrage Media Project to coordinate and further efforts to popularize this little known part of American history.

He also began research for a photographic history of the suffrage movement, and over the following years visited or corresponded with major libraries and historical societies across the country.  Recipient of a research grant from The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard, he served as a researcher and consultant for several suffrage related books, publications, and films including the PBS documentary, “One Women, One Vote.”  After over a decade of work, he completed the lavishly illustrated, 500 page history, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” full of facts and images documenting women’s early political achievements.  The book received glowing reviews and was recommended as an essential resource for the nation’s public and school libraries.  He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Constitution Center, and the Library of Congress, emphasizing in particular the successful grassroots political campaigns suffragists waged between 1910 and 1920.

Mr. Cooney received the “Write Women Back Into History” Award in 2005 from the National Women’s History Project in recognition of his work uncovering this empowering chapter in American history.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he lives with his wife in Half Moon Bay, California and is available to speak in California and nationally about this important part of American history.

Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 612­-729-­6457

Program Description: An author, performer, storyteller and recovering academic, Jane Curry researched and wrote the shows in her repertoire, all of which use women’s history and humor to educate, entertain, and address issues of gender equity. Over the years she has performed her solo shows for educational institutions, conferences, Federal Women’s 0Programs, corporations, community groups, festivals, and celebrations in 48 states, Japan and Israel.

Nice Girls Don’t Sweat: Sammy Kay Knight, English teacher and veteran of the All American Red Heads professional basketball team, tells stories about women’s experiences with athletics over time. Her verbal meanderings engage the enduring themes of physical capacities, propriety, and femininity.“It’s hard to think of yourself as weak and dependent after you’ve just run five or ten miles.” 


math teacherMiz Wizard’s Science Secrets: Barbara Knight, aka Miz Wizard, tells stories about women’s contributions to science, engineering, invention, and math…about revolutionary research and media portrayals… about obstacles faced and overcome by women whose passion is discovery. “The actual medallion awarded for the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry is adorned on one side with the likeness of a bare-breasted woman. Do you think this is supposed to be an illustration of gravity?”


samanthaSamantha ‘Rastles’ the Woman Question: Features farm wife and rustic philosopher Samantha Smith Allen as she uses horse sense humor and dry wit to “rastle” with questions concerning history’s treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women’s powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions, and more.
“Whenever he sees me feelin’ so dubersome about not havin’ the suffrage, Josiah nearly always tries to comfort me. He never fails to say, ‘You’ve got to remember always that I vote as your representative.’ I cannot begin to tell you how much comfort I derive from that declaration.”

kitche and apronsSisters of the Quill and Skillet: As her deadline approaches, columnist Weezie Alton just can’t seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of “Weezie’s Whimsies.” So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates. In the process, she engages in a monologue that centers on women’s domestic life and advice given to women over time. “The Rules for Marriage advises women to wear their hair long even though it’s easier to wear it short…’Long hair reminds you that you’re a woman.’ Yeah, as if breasts and periods didn’t already do the trick!”

See : for reviews of individual shows.



Carol Dunitz, Ph.D.
Phone: 734.237.6614

Performance Description:      MRS. PRESIDENT LINCOLN  —  The New Musical

mrs-lincoln-logoAs Eleanor was to Franklin, so was Mary to Abraham. This is a one woman, Broadway-style musical set in the White House on April 15, 1865, hours before the president is assassinated. Mrs. Lincoln speaks freely about her husband and their dreams for the future, the war, the role of women in the 1860s as well as the political and social climate of the time. The audience comes to know Mary Todd Lincoln intimately and understand how this remarkable woman partnered with her husband to help him attain his political goals. Her unique perspective sheds new light on the man many consider our greatest president. Twelve toe-tapping songs move the action along. By the end of the show, you know this first lady intimately and have new insight into Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, Emancipation and more.

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lincolnCarol Dunitz wrote the music, script and lyrics for “Mrs. President Lincoln.” She also offers a convincing portrayal of a great first lady who has often been misunderstood and given short shrift in history books.   Dunitz has a doctorate in Speech Communication and Theatre. She has written three musicals, eight books and countless speeches and marketing materials. Dunitz did considerable research before writing “Mrs. President Lincoln.”  Carol Dunitz traveled all over the country with her last one woman musical, “Bernhardt On Broadway” about Sarah Bernhardt, which got rave reviews and testimonials everywhere. See

Learn more about “Mrs. President Lincoln” at
Full performance: two hours
Shorter show on request 
School presentations available



Phone: 303-442-4052

Performance Description: Frontczak’s in-depth living history presentations have been praised by Picture1 for webaudiences across 35 of the United States and nine countries abroad.  Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of Eleanor Roosevelt in one of three programs.  Inspire humanitarian action via Clara Barton, Civil War angel and founder of the American Red Cross.  Discover the lure of science from Marie Curie.  Inspire your imagination with Mary Shelley.  Or span Irene Castle’s world from dance stardom to animal rights activist.

One-hour programs include a monologue in-character, a Q&A with the historical Picture2figure and a Q&A with the scholar/presenter.  Two-hour programs available for Curie and Roosevelt.
Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression – “This is My Story”
Hear Mrs. R’s views on how you can make a difference in the midst of a strife-filled world.


Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II – “What We Are Fighting For”
The First Lady speaks about individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and Picture3uncertainty.  Learn how to stay true to your ideals while surrounded by tumult.

Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations – “Hammering Out Human Rights”
Experience the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. Discover why Human Rights matter.

 Clara Barton – “Inveterate Patriot”
Relish the charm and grit of Clara Barton from the Civil War battlefield to the founding of the American Red Cross.

Marie_Curie croppedMarie Curie – “Manya”
Marie Curie changed our world through her discovery of radium and the first successful radiation treatments of cancer. Her passion and perseverance opened the doors of science to women world-wide.


Picture5 croppedMary Shelley – “The Imagination Behind Frankenstein”
A writer’s writer, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein, illustrates how the imagination builds believable sci fi onto personal experience.


Picture4 croppedIrene Castle – “Meet Irene”
The entrepreneurial audacity and artistic flair of Vernon and Irene Castle fueled a Ragtime dance craze that swept across America. Their legacies: world fascination with American music, bobbed hair, challenges to the color barrier, and an animal rights altruism born of a heartless side of vaudeville.


4633 Longwater Chase
Sarasota, FL 34235-7124
Phone: (941) 379-6215

PrintSoniaPicPro648Program Description. Sonia Pressman Fuentes is an engaging speaker, known for her sense of humor, even when discussing  serious subjects like “The Women’s Rights Movement, Its Past, Present, and the Problems That Remain–Both in the U.S. and Worldwide.”

Sonia occupies a unique position among feminists: She was a co-founder of NOW and is one of a handful of NOW founders alive and actively involved in women’s rights to this day. She was also the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and drafted some of the EEOC’s landmark decisions and guidelines.

She has given talks, presented testimony, or served as a consultant  on the American revolution in women’s rights throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, China, Israel, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. For years, she traveled abroad as an “American specialist” on the women’s rights movement for the then-US Information  Agency.

Sonia also gives talks about her exceptional life. She was born in Berlin, Germany of Polish-Jewish parents,  with  whom she fled the Nazi regime, going first to Belgium, and then coming to the U.S. in 1934.  One of six permanent exhibits at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, dedicated to the Red Star Line and immigration, is about Sonia.

She is the author of a memoir, Eat First–You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant  Family and Their Feminist Daughter.


Phone: 708-829-5050

 HEDDA HOPPER use this oneScorned by some as a crackpot in a hat…Hedda Hopper had a broad and enduring effect on film and politics. Her column, with a readership of 32 million, was the voice of small town America…a strong woman long before women’s lib, Madonna or Lady Gaga!

In “Hedda! A Musical Conversation” Hedda Hopper is compellingly and comedically brought to life through the high art of musical theatre. In a series of phone conversations, thirteen clever and engaging songs (in a variety of styles and rhythms that are period sensitive), and chats with the audience we are made privy to: her feuds, her politics, and of course the gossip!


 “Hedda!” is multi-faceted, fascinating and funny! A gloriously fun and insightful theatrical
book show…but with the interactive gears of cabaret. Her sexual plumage (her HATS) live on
stage with her…after all, this is a show on Hedda Hopper! Jillann Gabrielle is charismatic and
electrifying as Hedda Hopper!

sized_painting_image_Hedda!-1In Hedda! A Musical Conversation Hedda tells us her story from her Quaker upbringing, to her run as an MGM bit player, to her meteoric rise as the hat-crazed Hollywood gossip columnist…encompassing: her legendary feuds with Hollywood’s elite; the use of her column to promote her own political and moral agenda; her smear campaigns against Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood Communist sympathizers; right up to the Liz/Eddie/Debbie debacle…which leads to her eleventh hour number expressing a moment of self doubt and regret. But ultimately the old Hedda returns and raises her voice in triumph.

A 50 to 90 minute live show customized to your groups needs.  Available with a live pianist or tracks and a set or just props.
Please view the live video demo and listen to the score on this elaborate

 Jillann_Gabrielle_as_Hedda_Hopper WEBJillann Gabrielle is a highly skilled cabaret and musical theatre singer/actress/comedienne/host/MC/creator/writer/producer and a vocal/acting/voice over instructor. She has performed literally hundreds of one woman cabaret shows for private parties, senior groups, fund raisers, and corporate settings in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles where she received an award for her acting.

Her critically acclaimed theatre company, Paradise Playhouse, has produced thirteen book shows including: Into the Woods,The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan. Altogether she has appeared in 35 leading roles in musicals and comedy/drama including: Evita, Annie, and Born Yesterday. Jillann has appeared with such film and TV luminaries as: Barbara Rush, Alan Rachins
(LA Law and Dharma and Greg); and with such Broadway and cabaret luminaries as: Faith Prince, Tovah Feldshuh, Julie Wilson, Laurel Masse, and Pamela Myers.
Please check out Jillann Gabrielle’s website for more live video and background:


Phone: 630-297-8046   

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Performance description: History comes alive in the hands of award-winning actress/scholar Leslie Goddard, who portrays some of history’s most memorable women. Goddard holds a Ph.D. in history and a master’s degree in theater and designs programs that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Amelia Earhart. The American aviator shares stories of her courageous exploits and spirited flying adventures. 1930s.

Jane Austen and Her Women. The British novelist brings to life eight of her characters, each of whom shares thoughts on  romantic love and marriage. 1810s.

Margaret Powell.  A revealing look at life in a wealthy household from the kitchen maid and cook whose best-selling memoir, Below Stairs, helped inspire Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. 1920s.

fancy ladyBertha Palmer. The Chicago socialite, wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, and pace-setting arts patron, discusses life in Chicago’s early days including the 1871 fire and the Columbian Exposition. 1890s.

Titanic Stewardess Violet Jessop.  Learn about steamship life from the stewardess who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the Britannic (Titanic’s virtually identical sister ship) during WWI. 1910s.

Jacqueline Kennedy. The First Lady shares stories of life in the White House, her struggle to retain her privacy, love for fashion and the arts, and her husband’s assassination. 1960s.

Civil War Nurse Clara Barton. Clara Barton discusses her work as a nurse on the front lines of a Civil War battlefield. 1860s.

leslie  performer smallBette Davis. The brilliant, feisty actress gives an insider’s look at life in Hollywood during its Golden Age. 1950s.

All programs run 45-50 minutes and include period artifacts, historic photographs, and authentic costuming. Visit

 Availability: National

“Your talent and creative presentations are matched by no other! All the ladies could talk about was how you ‘drew them in’ and made them feel as if they were really there. An outstanding performance.” Vice Regent, DAR

“Over and over I heard, ‘Who else does she do?’ and ‘Can we have her back?’” Director, Allied Arts Club

“Your evaluations garnered some of the best reviews we’ve ever had!” Director, Lemont Public Library

Please note: No program is confirmed until you have a confirmation letter from me (or a signed copy of your own confirmation form)

Pat Jordan
Phone:  610-688-5842

 Program Descriptions:  It’s my great joy to bring Famous American Women to your library, school or organization.  Choose a 45-minute presentation, Q&A, Speech, Meet & Greet, Workshop or Special Program



Clara Barton: Civil War Nurse & Founder of the American Red Cross
Clara Barton was an 1821 Christmas baby.   After careers as a teacher and a clerk, she headed for the front lines in the Civil War, taking supplies to wounded soldier and earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” 

Later, she established the American Red Cross, bringing disaster relief to countless thousands. 
Clara’s indomitable determination and boundless good will are a model for all Americans.
[Civil War, Nursing, Public Service]

Carrie Chapman Catt:  Suffragist, Founder of the League of Women Voters
and National Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree
Born in 1859, Carrie Chapman Catt became a popular school superintendent, charismatic lecturer, astute organizer and two-time president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.  She was a major force in the 19th Amendment becoming a reality in 1920.  Carrie was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, worked for world peace and was awarded the American Hebrew Medal for her efforts in WWII.  [Woman Suffrage, Peace Advocacy]



lma-msf-army-frameLouisa May Alcott: Reformer & Author of “Little Women”
Nineteenth Century writer Louisa May Alcott grew up in a time of radical social change.  After a childhood spent in ‘genteel poverty’, she struggled to establish a writing career, later becoming a Civil War nurse.  Louisa never married and continued to write and work tirelessly for reform as she single-handedly supported her family.  It’s an extraordinary story!  [Writers, Civil War, Concord Philosophers]

More:  Amelia Earhart, Betsy Ross, Martha Washington, Dorothea Dix, Mary Todd Lincoln, Indentured Servant Bridgid O’Murphy, Pennsylvanian Anna Morris Holstein

“She talks the talk and walks the walk [in] a convincing first-person voice to share the compelling and decades-long story of the fight for women’s right to vote.” R. Winters, President, League of Women Voters of Radnor

“Thank you for…a great performance. We hope to have you here again.” P. Payne, NASA-Langley

“We have 28 students enrolled in your Elder Week lecture and are very excited!” P. Scepansky, Delaware Co. Elder Week

“Pat tells a dynamic and memorable story in a short amount of time, and students from all locations and backgrounds have reacted very well to her.” B. Rogers, Campus Life, Delaware County Community College

“Carrie… got rave reviews!” R. Goodman, Shannondell Community Interest Group

“You had the audience mesmerized.  BRAVO!”   NJ-AARP Chapter
“Betsy Ross was perfect!” 
PA Sleep Conference
“Thank you, thank you!  …Amelia came to life for [my daughters] and me.”
 College Park Airport Museum
“…A wonderful portrayal…so quiet, you could hear a pin drop!  That’s a first for our group.”
Jacksonville Community Center
“Everyone loved you…You take such a personal interest, we can tell you love it too.  Also, here’s a copy of the article/interview by the local paper–you were front page!”
  Montville Historical Society


P.O. Box 30338
Indianapolis, IN 46230-0338
Phone: (317)722-1540

Anita Hawkins Nowlen smallProgram Description: Enlightening, engaging, and empowering Anita Hawkins Nowlen brings a high level of energy with every speech. Her ability to connect with her audience is what makes her memorable. She brings warmth, humor and a delivery style that leave audiences wanting more. Each speech is customized with her audience in mind.

Anita has been the keynote speaker at numerous federal, state, and municipal events. Her ability to remain relatable and relevant gives her a freshness that has made her a sought-after speaker.

Speaking on the 2015 theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”, Anita will share stories of women who went from unknown to renown because each dared to make a difference. She will discuss the challenges and triumphs these ordinary women faced that made them become extraordinary.

Because each of us has a story, Anita will offer insight on how to tell your story. She will inspire her audience to aspire to aim higher.

In addition to being a dynamic keynote speaker, Anita is a workshop facilitator and Life Coach. Anita created and presented a powerful seminar for several U.S. Army Installations in Germany, as well as the Army Corp of Engineers here in the United States, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Anita Hawkins Nowlen is a Certified Diversity Trainer and a Certified Women’s Leadership Coach. She is a co-author in an anthology called, “How to Survive When Your Ship is Sinking: Weathering Life’s Storms.”

Anita says, “There is one common thread that links us together and that is the desire to be valued as a person.

It is because of that link her personal mission is “to enlighten, encourage, and empower purposeful and fulfilled living in the lives of others.”

Anita is available to speak throughout the year for other Special Emphasis Groups.


Los Angeles, CA

Performance Description: From the Window Shield Wiper to Scotchgard: Stories of Ingenious American Women Inventors

Who invented the window shield wiper, Scotchgard, the dishwasher and disposable diapers?  Kate Kelly tells the stories behind the female inventors of everyday things. Audiences meet a multi-cultural group of women and gain a sense of how creative people develop better ways to accomplish day-to-day tasks.

Kelly knows the stories behind the first bra, the disposable diaper, the fold-away bed, the automatic hair-curling device, the dishwasher, and the first pioneer to implement a plan for selling via house party.

When it comes to medicine, everything from advanced cataract surgery to the first newborn scoring system (the Apgar Score) traces back to a woman. A woman was also in the forefront of training the very first seeing eye dogs ever used in this country—a life-changing event for those who couldn’t see.
Audiences will be educated, entertained, and enlightened by Kate’s engaging talk.

MICHELE LARUE (AEA, SAG-AFTRA; SSAWW, SSASS, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society,  Century 19, Kate Chopin International Society)
281 Lincoln Ave., Secaucus, NJ 07094 (I also reside part-time in the Chicago.)
Phone: 201-863-6436
Websites: Listed/profiled at;; ;

LaRue Performance Description: My repertoire of Tales Well Told brings to life literature by and about women of America’s Gilded Age.ŸEnthusiastic presenters range from colleges and universities, to woman’s clubs and professional organizations, to libraries and historical societies, to corporations and the military. (Schools: recommended for grades 7 – 12 with preparation.) More than 400 sponsors include Chicago’s Newberry Library, DC’s National Portrait Gallery, NYC’s Womenkind festivals, and international conferences of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society, the American Quilter’s Society, and the Popular/American Culture associations.

  • Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire. Many women fought against the Vote, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic—than the fictional speaker in this 1912 satire by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe. Period costume. Lecture and optional talk-back. Celebrate New York State’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017.

      Reviews (attributions/references on request): “Side-splitting”; “outstanding”; “wicked.”

  • Tales in Concert. “Vivid performances for small budgets and big imaginations.” Vintage American short stories in oral interpretation style. Three dozen selections include Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s The Bedquilt, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s The Revolt of Mother, Kate Chopin’s A Pair of Silk Stockings, Edith Wharton’s Roman Fever, Edna Ferber’s Representing T.A. Buck, and Elsie Singmaster’s Gettysburg: One Woman’s War. Choose a Tale or two, to suit your audience and event.

Reviews (attributions/references on request): “It’s difficult to find the words to describe the wonder of what you do”; “What you have to offer is priceless”; “Riveting—twice—I would love to hear it again!”

  • Eve’s Diary. Gayle Stahlhuth’s remarkable adaptation of stories by Mark Twain. Flinging anachronisms every which-way, Twain created a captivating First Woman who embodied all the contradictions of his time and ours. Through Eve’s eyes, we discover Eden, the unknown world beyond, a passion for learning . . . and the depth and complexity of love.

      Reviews (attributions/references on request): “An actor’s tour de force.” “LaRue brings  Twain’s Eve radiantly to life.”

  • The Yellow Wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist indictment of 19th-century science and logic—one of the finest horror stories ever penned (1892). Fully staged, period costume. Optional talk-back.    

      Reviews (attributions/references on request): “Extraordinary, haunting”; “incredible”;   “moving and anguished portrayal”; “LaRue is as close to perfect as possible.”

  Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Louisville, KY
Phone: 502-638-2559
Booking Contact: Trina Fischer, 347-228-6438

Looking for Lillith

Loooking for Lilith is an ensemble theatre company that creates productions and programming through re-examining history and questioning today from women’s perspectives, and lifting up unheard voices. LFL productions and programming serve adults, youth and children locally, nationally and internationally. 

CHOICES is LFL’s award-winning interactive play on cyber bullying and suicide.
Class of ’70 celebrates the living history of women who came of age on college campuses during the second wave of feminism in the late 60’s
Fabric, Flames, and Fervor: Girls of the Triangle is about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 in NYC.
What My Hands Have Touched is about women’s experiences and contributions during World War II.
Beyond the Blue Mountains is based on Kentucky writer Jane Wilson Joyce’s book of the same name. It recreates one Boyle County, Kentucky family’s experiences on the Oregon Trail.
Women Speak: IRAQ

Women speaking about their experiences with the recent Iraq war
Strangers/Extranjeras i
s about a friendship between an idealistic U.S. volunteer and her generous Mayan host-mother in Guatemala.
Prevailing Winds is LFL’s 10th original play and explores stories of Louisville’s Chemical Corridor and its affect on surrounding communities.

NOTE: Booking fees vary depending on if you would like to book an excerpt or a full length production.  Low tech staged reading excerpts are also available and can be part of a larger event. Talk-Backs, Workshops and Master Classes may be booked with a show for an additional fee.

730 Second Street #469
P.O. Box 469
Phone: (707) 636-2888
Fax: (707) 636-2909

Description: Believing that knowing the importance of women’s historic achievements creates a larger, more expansive vision of what is possible, MacGregor in 1980 co-founded the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), which spearheaded the movement for what has become National Women’s History Month. MacGregor has served as the Executive Director of the NWHP for the past 35 years. During that time, she has worked with leaders of national women’s organizations to encourage them to celebrate their own organizations’ history as well as to build coalitions to develop programs and events that celebrate the vast array of women’s historic achievements. She has worked with school districts throughout the country to train teachers in ways to integrate a multicultural women’s history perspective into the school curriculum. She is a recognized expert in the field of women’s history and has keynoted hundreds of women’s history events and conferences.

Studio: 220 South Berlin Road, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Mailing: P.O. Box 32, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026
Phone: 856-346-3131
Performance Description: Soraida Martinez is a nationally recognized artist/writer/social advocate who since 1992 has been promoting peace and tolerance through her Verdadism paintings with written social commentaries. Some of the themes that the artist addresses in her presentation are racism, sexism, stereotyping, ethnocentrism, feminism, personal relationships, healthcare and current social issues that affect 21st century America society. The purpose of Soraida’s Verdadism Exhibition is to promote humanity through art and words that foster open-mindedness and acceptance of the differences in all human beings. 

The artist has appeared at major universities, corporations and institutions (e.g., Columbia University, Trinity College, Towson University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Community Development, Vanguard Group) throughout the northeast, but is available nationwide. She is also the author of a book on the art of Verdadism and she has been recognized by educational and governmental organizations for her socially conscious art and social statements. This presentation is appropriate for college level students and adults.

The Latina Influence in American Society
Based in: San Diego, CA

Performance Description: The Latina Influence in American Society.
Compiling and writing The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success was a life-changing experience for award-winning journalist Sylvia Mendoza. Writing hundreds of profiles and feature stories covering human interest, diversity, literacy, women’s empowerment, education and social justice was always her passion—but the book brought her passion full circle. It became the project of her heart. And writing it changed her life.

The women Sylvia researched for The Book of Latina Women had courage that strengthened her, vision that inspired her, and passion that engulfed her. To share their stories with people from all walks of life, especially students and women, is a joy, an honor—and a mission. There is a need to acknowledge these Latinas (and so many others!) and celebrate their accomplishments in order to break stereotypes, bridge societal gaps, and establish a mutual respect so that each individual can be seen as a potential center of influence.

These Latinas serve as examples—that each of us has the power to make a positive mark in this world.

Sylvia’s other lecture topics include:

  1. A Woman’s Power to Effect Change—Locally, Nationally, Globally
  2. Every Woman has a Story to Tell
  3. Writing to Change the World (One Journalist’s Point of View)

The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength & Success was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers’ Association. Sylvia has presented at C-Span Book TV, The L.A. Times Festival of Books, Book Expo AmericaSouthern California Writers’ Conference and Latino Book & Family Festival.

Sylvia earned her M.A. in Digital Journalism from National University, her B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California, and certification in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University.

A journalist, author, teacher, and editor, Sylvia continues to adamantly believe in the power of the written word, that every person has a story to tell—and that these stories need to be shared.

P.O. Box 236, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (Booking Agent Tam Martin) 503-281-3874
Performance Description: Using concert, keynote, and song/talk formats, Holly Near presents story-telling, song and critical thinking to bring attention to contemporary feminism and activism. Her work is a quintessential example of a period in our history that needs to be told.

Her story gives context and life to the social change movements of the 1970’s and 80’s including the anti-war movement, the women’s movement, the women’s cultural movement, the gay rights movement, the environmental movement, and the global peace movement. Near’s work in these movements is a primary example of how Women Change America and telling her story is teaching women’s history. She demystifies activism and invites a new generation into the power path of social change.

Phone: 818.200-9050

MurasakiPerformance Description:  Think Hal Holbrook playing Mark Twain. Think Lily Tomlin playing all her characters. Then think: What if some of the wise, inspiring and humorous women who have marked our lives from antiquity to modern times came to life? Your audience will be entertained by the women captivated by these enlightening and lively portraits, ranging from the famous—Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Golda Meir—to the lesser known—Murasaki Shikibu, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sara Winnemucca.

Shedding light on the enormous contributions women have made, these programs help audiences discover that “women’s issues” pertain to the full spectrum of life, from civil rights to the environment to matters of the heart.

JunaAn array of costumes and props add color and excitement to this engaging and immensely popular program.

Pre-made selections include Global Women Speak, American Women Speak, Hispanic Women Speak, Jewish Women Speak, Literary Women Speak, Women in Health Care Speak. However, presenters may make their own selections from the 39 women in Elaine’s repertoire. Each program is flexible in length but typically runs 50-60 minutes. Details can be found at

Elaine also does a full hour of an interactive program, A Visit with Emily Dickinson, in which, never revealing her true persona, the poet, dressed all in white, engages the audience with stories of her life and poems, inviting questions at every turn.

Author of several books, among them the now classic The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years, BBThe Quotable Jewish Woman, and The Female Dramatist, Elaine Partnow is veteran actor of more than thirty years who has brought her expertise in women’s issues and her prodigious presentation skills to tens of thousands of people all over the U.S.A. and internationally. Partnow is included in several editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Entertainment and Contemporary Authors. More about her books can be found at She has been keynote speaker at several conferences. All her programs are available nationwide.

Elaine Partnow brings authenticity and life to those women in history whose character and courage we know nothing or little…Our audience was spellbound, curious, and engaged. — Martha Wheelock, NWHP board member

SaraExpert at tailoring her program to a wide range of audiences…  – Washington Commission for the HumanitiesYou could not have been more entertaining. – County of Los Angeles Public Library
Your Living History was experienced as powerful snapshots of partnership in women’s lives.  It was beautiful.  Thank you.  – Riane Eisler, International Partnership Way
Full of surprises…a magical and revelatory quality… – University of New Orleans
Partnow  reveals a great amount of expertise in portraying outstanding women through the ages… – Shirley Harrison, Jewish Civic Press
(Please Note: photographs are from webseries & DVD; costumes for live presentations are not quite so elaborate)

Living History
120 Cabrini Blvd, New York, NY 10033
Phone: 212-740-6201
Performance description: Anne Pasquale’s Living History Programs. Offers participational Women’s History Programs for audiences of all ages.
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This year’s show roster includes:

The Legendary Lady of The Overland, Calamity Jane
America’s First Female Reporter, Nellie Bly
The Revolutionary, Deborah Sampson
Helen and Me, the Story of Annie Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller
Liberty Belles, Stories and Songs of Immigration

A free 45 minute walk-about is offered with every assembly. Or with any of our shows you can follow up with a 5-day residency ending in a final primary source presentation created and performed by all participants.

Live music, join-in re-enactments and historical fun, highlight every presentation.
The performers are body-miked and can accommodate audiences up to 500 in number.
Fees prior to travel are: $500.00 for a single program and $700.00 for two performances back to back.


Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti’s portrayal of historical women introduces untapped history, drawing on a wide array of primary historical resources. For the past 20 years Gwendolyn has engaged audiences with performances giving voice to real life accounts, struggles, self-determination, and triumphs of women she portrays. Each performance infused with her unique finger print giving an integral portrait of a historical event or person.

An award-winning artist, in recognition of the quality and range of her work
. Received Theatre in Museums/Theater and Interpretation Techniques Certification at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
. Alliance Award for valuable service and support Institute of Texan Cultures of San Antonio
Institute of Texan Cultures Director’s Award for Excellence
. Recipient of ESA Connecticut Chapter Portraying Sarah Harris at State Museum/Prudence Crandall
. Certificate of Merit from the Office of Secretary of State Connecticut
. Greater Hartford Arts Council & Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship
. 1st place International Toastmaster Award
. Connecticut Arts for Learning Signature Core Services Certificate
. Crowned Ms. Senior Connecticut 2010.

Performance Description:

gwen2If I Am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me   During the fall of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Oney Judge Staines, a slave, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia.  There is always an underside – hidden from sight the more unpleasant or reprehensible side that needs to surface to give an integral portrait of a historical event or person. Oney’s story is one such story. Her voice gives the informative accounts needed to appreciate her struggles, self-determination, and triumphs of her life. Her account was not a stereotypical runaway account.

I Can’t Die but Once   Harriet Tubman a woman of unique qualities and abilities even though she was illiterate, kept an unblemished record of vigilance, legacy of sacrifice and struggle.  Harriet Tubman weaves a tale of truth, pain; courage and determination that take the audience into her life -enslaved – eventual escape and the United States Government asking for her unique talent – evading capture behind enemy lines. They enlisted her as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War.  The elementary school version may be more palatable, but the real Tubman is far more inspiring.

gwen3Looking Things Over    Zora Neale Hurston considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature, an American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. After going to Florida in 1927 to collect folklore, and after years of organizing her notes published Mules and Men in 1935.  Zora, not only did she love writing the folklores she enjoyed telling them.   Zora celebrated the African American culture of the rural South, because she believed that black people had wonderful stories that the world needed to hear, and she told them proudly.  


“We truly appreciated your stellar performance at Lincoln Financial Group. From the earliest moments you captured everyone’s rapt attention and kept us focused on the story the entire time. We will certainly keep you in mind in the future!” Robert Moarcas Lincoln Financial Group Hrtd.

I am writing to express my appreciation of Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti’s impersonation of Harriet Tubman. She was Brilliant! Her passion for history and her admiration for Harriet Tubman’s courage and accomplishments clearly come through. I want to thank her for “breathing life” into this incredible person.

Thomas Kemintzer Adjunct Professor Long Island University

“I truly enjoyed your performance (Harriet Tubman). You did a super job and you so impressed me on how totally you disappeared in the character. You were mesmerizing!”

gwen4Suzanne Fonda Owner of Historical Entertainments

 A few days ago, I attended your portrayal of Harriet Tubman at the Port Washington, New York, and Public Library.   Wow!  What an impressive presentation! I felt like it should be a Broadway show. You were so good that I was wondering if I was really at a free performance at a local library, and then feeling guilty about it, because you should be on Broadway!

Sincerely, E. Suter, Ph.D.

“I thought it was spellbinding …she is a phenomenal storyteller, I have seen other storytellers and non-fiction narratives, but she (Quezaire-Presutti) is so believable that I wanted to see her again.” said Jones as reported by Estefania Souza of Wicked Local Roslindale, MA. “I was so impressed by it that I invited some people (too the Roslindale performance),” said Jones, who saw Quezaire-Presutti in Jamaica Plain on June 15.

I highly recommend Ms. Quezaire-Presutti. Not only can she educate and entertain, but she is able to tailor her programs to her audience making adjustments to them depending on whether she is working with children, teens, or adults. She is a consummate professional, but she enthralled our audience from the moment she entered the hall. The audience responded immediately and hung on every word, and the Q&A at the end of the program brought it all together. It was a brilliant success.

Andrew Bowers, Pres., Littleton Lyceum Committee

gewn5Thank you so very much for the outstanding presentation you made today…so many employees have approached me and told me how much they enjoyed the presentation! You could hear a pin drop in the room, people were really focused on every word you uttered. You surely have a gift and we rarely can get a glimpse of the personal impact of slavery from the vantage point you provided. There is a buzz around this place that you get the Delta Dental Academy award for the year!

Connie Roy-Czyzowski, SPHR, CCP, Vice President, Human ResourcesAnd by the way…

The Performance:   Each historical characterization performed in period costume and is 45 to 60 minutes in length.

The Space:  A stage is never required, however, a certain amount of space for the performance and several set pieces.    A platform, or stage if available, increases the viewing pleasure of the audience, especially for large groups.    The Options:  Q/A in character and/or out of character is always welcome.  

Travel:  International    Fees:   Call for information.    

25350 US Highway N. 19  Apt. 224
Clearwater, Florida 33763
(401) 649-9603

Program Description  “For Ever Zora”

NewZORACome along on a fantastic journey and celebrate the life of Zora Neale Hurston! Writer, folklorist , anthropologist and a major force in the Harlem Renaissance.

Written, directed and performed by Wanda Schell, this 45 minute solo-production is packed with information concerning Hurston’s life, struggles, successes, folktales, songs, love and  laughter. 

Ms. Schell has a MA in English and Creative Writing and is a graduate of Trinity Rep. Conservatory.  She completed two tours of For Ever Zora with the Kansas/Nebraska National Humanities Chautauqua event and also  performed three times with Ms. Hurston’s  biographer, Robert Hemenway.  

 “For Ever Zora” has been performed at colleges, conferences, churches, museums, and for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.  Also, it was featured at the first centennial Eatonville celebration.

 zorA 3Ms. Schell provides Teacher/Student study guides as well as reading list. The program is also appropriate for High school students. Folktales and activities are also available for younger grades. 

See a portion of the performance at : dramaislife100 Forever Zora

Cost: $ 800.00



Phone: (310) 308-0947
She’s History Three Minute Trailer

 tea+party-1Performance Description: “Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Abigail Adams”?   Alarmed and inspired when her ten-year-old daughter planned on doing her women’s history project on Cher, Amy Simon wrote SHES HISTORY! a solo play, school program and speaker presentation about women who MADE and MAKE history.

 Combining theater, history, multi-media, comedy, and good old-fashioned story telling, SHES HISTORY! brings to life the true tales of fabulous females, then and now.  Writer/Performer/Cultural Herstorian Amy Simon spent years researching diaries, letters, publications, interviews, and biographies and created this unique herstorical edutaining presentation. Going back and forth from the past to the present, this Mom On A Mission finds the funny, as she chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of our unheralded, unknown and forgotten heroines whose courage and strength inspire her as she raises two daughters.

brains Watch Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony multi-task – just like today’s mom – running the house, fixing dinner and corralling the kids, all while working on the Fourteenth Amendment.  Hear about our first feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and witness Sojourner Truth’s powerful Aint I A Woman speech. Learn how Alice Paul stole President Wilson’s parade, and see how she suffered for the cause. Watch Nancy Pelosi become the First Female Speaker of The House; be blown away by Shirley Chisholm’s humanity; see what inspired Bella Abzug, and learn what Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai and Abolitionist Lucretia Mott have in common. Hear about Victoria Woodhull (the first woman to run for president) and Hillary Clinton; suffrage, maternal profiling, the road to Seneca Falls, abolition and more. It’s all there in a fast-paced GAL-A-PALOOZA honoring Female America.

 Horace+Mann+Middle+School,+Beverly+Hills+copyAppropriate for middle school and up. Run time anywhere from fifty (50) to seventy (70) minutes. Can be longer or shorter to accommodate schedule. Q&A always welcome. A slideshow is run from the performing area or podium. Fee and performance requirements to be discussed.

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 “With gratitude for bringing us Bellas words.         
Gloria Steinem
“With admiration for a terrific performance…”           Elizabeth Holtzman –  former New York Congresswoman
You were awesome. I am now really interested in Womens History.     Emma, age 13
Thank you for the enlightening show. Better than 20 years of school.    Jenny
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 Amy Simon is a playwright, actress, mother, improviser, published writer, producer, and self-proclaimed Cultural Herstorian. She has been writing, acting in and producing theater for most of her adult life. Her first play, Cheerios In My Underwear (And Other True Tales Of Motherhood), debuted in Los Angeles in 2003 and holds the record as the longest running solo show in Los Angeles.  SHES HISTORY! debuted in May 2010 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Amy is proud to be a Women’s History expert for The Womens Media Centers, an online braintrust of female professionals founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.
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 The Ladies In The Program Who Are Brought To Life, Talked About, Or Whose Stories Are Told.*Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, The Grimke Sisters, Julia Ward Howe, Nancy Pelosi, Pat Schroeder, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sally Hemmings, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Lucretia Mott,Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer, Harriet Tubman, Dolley Madison, Annie Oakley, Alice Paul, The Pankhursts, Mrs. Banks, Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, Frances Wright and Victoria Woodhull.  * not all appear in versions with time constraints.

pasadena+audience+4-1SHES HISTORY! tours the country playing in theaters, schools, libraries, museums, historic sites, living rooms; for conferences, fundraisers, youth groups, retirement communities, women’s groups, religious, political, social and civic organizations and military bases.  Audiences of all ages and genders, come away entertained, moved, enlightened, empowered and motivated to share the stories.

The Journey of Mollie’s War from Inspiration to Publication

cyndee1Performance Description: Cyndee Schaffer discusses her mother’s WWII experience as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) by taking you on a journey from inspiration to publication in her presentation about “Mollie’s War” and the first women in the military during World War II.  “Mollie’s War,” co-authored by Cyndee and her mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, is a memoir that takes you on the romantic and always frightful journey of a WAC during the height of WWII who followed the troops into England, France and finally Germany with the Army of Occupation. It is a story woven around the collection of letters (photos and memorabilia) that Mollie wrote home to her family during WWII along with historical commentary concurrent with the letters.

It details Mollie’s experiences assigned to the Medical Intelligence division of the U.S. Army.  Using excerpts from Mollie’s letters, Cyndee provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history. Mollie was stationed in London before D-Day and during the German buzz bombs attacks after D-Day. She was then transferred to Normandy and Paris after its liberation and, because of her fluency in French, was able to act as an informal French translator in social and work –related situations. Finally she was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany as part of the Army of Occupation and witnessed first-hand the devastation of the country. This book vividly depicts her experiences from her first train trip to Daytona Beach, Florida for basic training in October 1943 to the dramatic image of her seeing the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached the shores of the USA in November as she returned home.

cyndee4Mollie passed away in April 2012 at 95 but Cyndee continues to share her fascinating story by speaking to groups including veterans groups, libraries, senior living facilities/centers, women’s groups, men’s clubs, historical societies, and other organizations. She discusses the writing adventure from inspiration to publication.  Presentation includes a PowerPoint slide show and a DVD of a recruiting movie produced by Warner Bros studio, “It’s Your War, Too” in which Mollie had two cameo appearances.   Presentations are for all ages and are adapted according to the audience. Some comments by groups who have attended presentations:

Women’s group:  Your PEO program was such a delight for all of us Tuesday evening. From the beautiful display to the informative PowerPoint to your articulate script to the fascinating recruitment film, we learned so much. Your process encourages us all to look for those interesting family stories to tell.

AAUW group:  We were unbelievably honored to have you come and tell your remarkable story of your mom and WWII. Our group was completely mesmerized by your presentation.  Yes, I am sure that it is always a little sad to tell your mom’s story especially since her passing, but it is truly the most wonderful way to honor her deeds and accomplishments. We are extremely blessed to have you tell her story and you couldn’t do a better job of keeping her spirit alive.

cyndee2Institute for Continued Learning:   I believe that Mollie’s War had special meaning for me because it provided me with a rare vicarious encounter with loving family dynamics and a long and close mother-child relationship, which I never had the opportunity to experience. Few books I have read have had the lasting impression on me than yours has, and I never pass up the chance to recommend it to others.  It has been a joy to have become acquainted with you, and a privilege to have been able to help present your wonderful story to my colleagues. You are a truly delightful person, and I will long have fond memories of my good fortune to have met you–and your dear mother.


cyndee3Cyndee Schaffer
Author of “Mollie’s War”
Fiscal 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Road Scholar from Illinois Humanities: s/ihc-road-scholars-speakers-bureau
Silver Award in the Nonfiction Book Awards:
read about Mollie’s War in North Shore Weekend magazine: /tnsw_w28#
Audio Version of “Mollie’s War” is now on the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Chevy Chase, Maryland
Phone: 301-367-9323

100 Years Ago – women served in the Army in France during the Great War – and their stories are little known.

During the WWI Centennial Years  2017-2018 Ellouise Schoettler features two one hour one person shows which honor women who served in the military in France during World War One. She has created monologues from letters and other personal sources so that the women tell the stories in their own words.

“Schoettler’s look at women in the Great War does what she intends. It makes you want to know more.”  The Washington Post 


“Schoettler goes way beyond just remembering this brave group of 64 nurses —she brings their stories to life and honors their forgotten legacy.”  DC Theater Scene

 “The story is a slice of history that hasn’t received the attention it deserves.  DCist


 “Schoettler’s  look at women in the Great War does what she intends. It makes you want to learn more.” Washington Post 

 “ Schoettler brings these women to life.”  DC Theatre Scene

 “The Hello Girls is a story of women called to war.”  DC Theatre Scene

For The Hello Girls, Schoettler created three monologues from their own words to bring these women to life to tell their WWI story overseas. General John Pershing called them “switchboard soldiers” and they proved their skills and courage under fire. After the war they stood firm when the Army refused them their veterans status and lobbied for 60 years to get it.

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Professional storyteller Ellouise Schoettler is known for stories with heart and humor that celebrate women’s lives and accomplishments.  She weaves surprising stories by combining primary historical materials and personal experience to create stories that give voice to the lives of ordinary women. Women’s voices that otherwise would never be heard become stories audiences remember.

Schoettler performs her original stories nationwide for adult audiences  in varied venues such as libraries, collages and festivals.

Women: Back to the Future
12122 David Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-622-1588

Performance Description:  Educate, motivate and inspire your audience with stirring musical theater featuring real Can-Do Women who exceeded the expectations of their time. 

Each 50- minute show Women: Back to the Future or Petticoats in Politics includes clever onstage costume and makeup changes creating magical transitions between historical periods. 3-4 women featured per show.

Selections include Abigail Adams – First Lady,  Sacagawea – Native American Guide,  Lucy Stone – 19th Century Suffragist,  Bessie Coleman – African American Pilot, Rachel Carson – Environmentalist- Award Winning Writer , Marian Anderson Singer/Humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady of the World/Humanitarian,  Louise Arner Boyd – Explorer who led SEVEN Arctic Expeditions!

Also included: Alice Paul – 20th Century Suffragist,  Rose Crabtree – member of The 1920 All Women Town Council of Jackson Hole, WY.  Juliette Low – Founder of Girls Scouts, Betty Ford – First Lady, founder of Betty Ford Center, drug and alcohol treatment Kate’s newest show Petticoats in Politics educates audiences to a vital yet neglected era of American history. Petticoats in Politics.

 Each woman portrayed in the context of her time with song, monologue, poetry, and movement.

Optional Q&A after performance.

The closing song includes American Sign Language.  Shows are adapted to each audience.  Excellent for schools K-12, College and University, Government, Military, Conferences, Conventions, Women and Civic Groups. Tours nationwide. 

In Forging Frontiers, Kate brings to life historic American women STEM leaders and highlights diverse contemporary STEM role models. Meet Rachel Carson – marine biologist, writer and environmentalist; and Louise A. Boyd who led SEVEN Arctic expeditions in the 1920’s and 1930’s!

Forging Frontiers helps break through cultural biases, highlights inspiring STEM role models and encourages participants to further explore STEM classes and career options.  “If you see it-you can be it!”. Program adapts for audiences 8 years to adults.


8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMBJ189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430
Phone: 303-796-8204

#2 Jill_Tietjen_01-1Description: Co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and CEO of the National Women’s Hall of Fame,
Jill S.Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer. Tietjen uses highly visual PowerPoint presentations, accompanied by a beautiful banner stand display, to highlight women’s accomplishments from U.S. history and show the relevance of those accomplishments and actions to today’s women.

Topics are customized to the audience and include: You Can Do It! The Keys are Passion, Determination, and Persistence; The Power of the Women On Whose Shoulders We Stand; and Women Who Network Change the World. Please visit for book reviews, to see Tietjen in television interviews and on C-SPAN/Book TV, to hear her on the radio (including NPR), and to learn more about the topics.


Dr. SallyThe performance: Sally Roesch Wagner presents a 35-minute monologue as Stanton, followed by audience interaction with the 19th-century feminist’s bold wit and brilliant logic, concluding with a conversation with the “scholar beneath the wig.” Wagner says, “Having performed as Elizabeth Cady Stanton for 26 years, I have grown old with her. I am drawing on my 40 years of Stanton research to offer a celebratory gift – the seasoned Stanton at her witty, brilliant, and iconoclastic best.”
Stanton Bicentennial National Tour 2015 is limited to 12 performances.
Also available for two performances: Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,”with veteran Chautauqua performer and scholar Charles Pace. For information, contact Barbara Dean (, 540.533.0733).
“We are sowing winter wheat, which the coming spring will see sprout, and other hands than ours will reap and enjoy.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Pioneer feminist historian/activist/performer Sally Roesch Wagner celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) with her acclaimed one-woman performance as one of feminism’s most famous foremothers.
–a woman’s right to control her own body
–social and economic justice
–natural childbirth, children’s rights
–divorce reform
–women’s equal legal rights, including the right to vote
–the removal of “offending passages” from the Bible
 –abolition of capital punishment and more

Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, NY, is an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University. She founded one of the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), and she holds one of the first doctorates awarded for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz). Her writings include the untold stories of the 19th-century suffrage movement and the influence of Indigenous nations on reform movements, including the woman’s rights movement. She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and she has appeared in that film and other PBS women’s history programs. For her landmark work with the Gage Foundation museum, she received the 2012 Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museums from the Mid-Atlantic Association.

8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMB J189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430
Phone: 303-674-2345

edited Charlotte_as_1848_Suffragist_April_2014Description: Co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, Charlotte S. Waisman, Ph.D. is a nationally known champion for women. Over the last 25 years, she has advocated for women as a professor, political activist, keynote speaker, and expert witness. She is currently a vice president with a world-wide consulting company specializing in large-scale leadership, gender, and culture changes.

Waisman is also Director of Human Resources for the Women’s Vision Foundation, through which she speaks extensively across the country and conducts leadership workshops. Waisman uses highly visual PowerPoint presentations, accompanied by a beautiful banner stand display, to highlight women’s accomplishments from U.S. history as documented in Her Story.

Topics are usually customized to the audience and include: “The Power of the Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand”, “Not Without the Women”, “Black Women Who Changed America,” and “Dare to Dream”. Please visit for book reviews, to see Waisman in television interviews and on C-SPAN/Book TV, to hear her on the radio (including NPR), and to learn more about the topics.


Women: Martha Washington
1324 Trenholm Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 732-928-7355.

Program Description:
The multi-talented Maggie Worsdale, with her wit, humor and unquestionable liveliness, becomes our inquisitive first First Lady MARTHA WASHINGTON. Beautifully costumed, each lecture by Martha Washington is loaded with charm, interesting historical tales, little known facts and is delivered in a uniquely entertaining manner.
Maggie Worsdale has been acting professionally for the past 25 years and is the producer of the New Jersey based Traveling Literary Theater. She received a B.A. degree in Theater and English from Marietta College in Ohio. She also continued training at U.C.L.A.

Lecture Series
first-ladies-according-to   First Ladies According to Martha Washington  During this one hour presentation, Martha Washington highlights stories and facts about the other FIRST LADIES who have graced this nation. Humorous, lively, and poignant Martha Washington is sure to entertain, teach, and inspire with this First Class Historical Journey. ##2Grande Dames of the American Revolution Women wanted independence just as much as the men. The impact that ladies had on the revolutionary effort did not take center stage and has been underrated. The involvement of some of these women has not been as recognizable as others but they all had one thing in common, patriotic passion.  These women were steadfast, dependable and assisted in every way imaginable, many even risking their own lives and fearing for their personal safety. Martha Washington speaks about a number of these Grande Dames and what they did for the cause.


1-Her Life - Martha WashingtonAn intimate look into the life of Martha Washington. Martha’s happy childhood, her courtships, her children, grandchildren, friends, and her heartaches are subject of this one hour lecture. This remarkable life did not unfold as she would have liked but great happiness was found along the way. Determined to be happy and cheerful, Martha made the most of her days on earth and was granted, in her obituary, this grand notation: ” SHE WAS THE WORTHY PARTNER OF THE WORTHIEST OF MEN.” Each lecture is suitable for all ages. Each lecture is 1 hour in length and fully costumed. last imagePlease visit: for more information including a short promotional video. Price negotiations/discussions are welcomed. Please call Maggie Worsdale 732-928-7355.


Chicago, IL 

Phone: 630.802.9723

JoanPerformance Description: Barbara Zeitz, MA, is a women’s historian/gender equity analyst/author with a master’s in women’s studies/law. A former Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speaker, she writes a monthly online column, CountHerhistory, now in its eleventh year at In 2007, she produced a booklet to celebrate the first annual Jane Addams Day in Illinois. It honors Addams, the women of Hull House. 


Joan's bookA Thesaurus of Women From Cherry Blossoms to Cell Phones, Barbara’s first book published in 2012, is an anthology of her online columns. It unmaskes women, not well known, and their accomplishments, all well known. Her-Histories promise to surprise, amaze, inform, educate, delight and never disappoint. As one reader wrote: “Your book is so stunning, sad, hopeful and fascinating. You’ve pulled together quite a group of women.” Barbara’s second book is scheduled for 2014.

Her Power Point Programs are designed to enlighten, inspire, and empower as she takes you through the rich and buried treasures of women’s history.

  • Lost in Translation: Unveils gender-biased rhetoric in biblical literature and gender-neutral rhetoric in the Gnostic gospels, as it respects all religions.
  • Sex & Suffrage: Exposes a scrupulous look at gender imbedded in passage of the 19th Amendment noting women’s right to vote was denied not won.
  • Civil Rights Women: Reveres the women whose activism pre-1960’s paved the way for lunch counter sit-ins, bus boycotts, NAACP, Brown v Board of Ed, etc., civil rights’ activism then championed by men.
  • Gender in the Court: Scrolls down a litany of how law and gender intertwined in disparity in America’s legislature from 1662 Virginia and early U.S. Supreme Court decisions to Lilly Ledbetter 2008, cross-examining Justices and gender.
  • A Hull of a House of Women and Peace: Celebrates HH women’s social reforms of the early 1900’s that govern still today i.e. OSHA, Social Security, FDA, etc. and America’s female Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Jane Addams.
  • International Women’s Day: Details agraphic mid-1800s global events timeline of women, wars, suffrage, marches, and the NYC Shirtwaist Factory Fire that led to IWD. Why? Because nowhere in the world, then as now, can women claim to have the same rights and opportunities as men-Nowhere!
  • She Didn’t? Oh Yes She Did!:I.D.’s women from Barbara’s first book and women to be in her second. Introduced without hesitation or apology are bold, brave, often foolhardy, women who have been there and done that which you know, by women you may not know, until NOW!

   *   Lady MBAs:Applauds trailblazing Masters of Business Administration women born into poverty, who became millionaires, philanthropists, game changers who networked in a male business labyrinth, defining not only what, where, why and how, women go, do, dress and work, but who women are!

 Availability: National

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