National Performers/Authors

 

Jenny Aldrich
2019 Chippawa, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941-735-1260
Email: costars@comcast.net
Website: www.JennyAldrich.com
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.”
Availability: National

Carrie Sue Ayvar
1829 NE 179 St., N. Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone: 305-945-4804
Website: www.carriesueayvar.com
Email: csayvar@gmail.com


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.
Availability: National


 

Dale Allen
Phone: 203-331-6164
Email:
dale@daleallenproductions.com
Website: http://www.InOurRightMinds.com

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.” 

Availability: National



Roberta Bassin 
PO Box 3724,
Granada Hills, CA 91394
Phone: 818-366-7288
Website: http://robertabassin.com/
Email: RobertaBassin@gmail.com

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"

Availability: National, CA


Mary Jane Bradbury  
A View of the Past   
Phone: 303-722-8786   
Websitewww.biosinhistory.com  
Emailmj@biosinhistory.com  
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 www.biosinhistory.com for more information.

Availability: National


 

Elaine Bromka
Phone: 973-509-9665
Website: www.teaforthree.com
Email: elainebromka@aol.com



Performance Description:
TEA FOR THREE: Lady BirdPat & Betty -Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. The Off-Broadway hit starring Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka, this unforgettably vivid one-woman show offers a behind-the-scenes look at three former First Ladies. Critically acclaimed for its blend of wit, intimacy, and passion. Experience this journey of three women who suddenly found themselves celebrities -- in what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world!

“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!”  — Austinonline.com 

“Perfect.”    —  KDHX  

TEA FOR THREE

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. Her “Acting on Camera” and “Making Your Monologue Hot!” workshops, which she has 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 100 venues have included the Smithsonian, the Cerritos Arts Center, the Long Arts Center, the Straz, and theaters and colleges nationwide. 

Availability: National

 

Penny Colman

138 Knickerbocker Rd.
Englewood NJ, 07631
Phone: 201-568-6052
Website: www.pennycolman.com
Email:pennycolman@gmail.com
Description: Celebrating Women! A dynamic, multimedia PowerPoint presentation of photographs enlivened by award-winning author Penny Colman’s narration and commentary. For fifteen 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. Colman is the author of many biographies and social histories including Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front In World War II and Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories about Women Who Made a Difference.
Availability: National

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr

P.O. Box 362
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 712-4400
Email:  RobertCooney@ebold.com
Website:  www.AmericanGraphicPress.com
Description: 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.
Availability: National


Leslie Goddard


Kate Kelly
Los Angeles, CA
Phone:323-465-6133
Email: kate@americacomesalive.com
Website: www.americacomesalive.com
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.

Availability: Nationally


Michele LaRue (AEA, SAG-AFTRA; Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society, SSAWW, SSASS, C19, American Culture Association)
281 Lincoln Ave., Secaucus, NJ 07094 (I also reside part-time in the Chicago.)
Phone: 201-863-6436
Email: ruedelarue@aol.com
Websites: Listed on http://www.michelelarue.com; http://www.eastlynnecompany.org; http://missouriwomen.org/category/women/michele-larue/ … among others.

Performance Description: A perfect fit for NWHP’s 2015 theme, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." My repertoire of Tales Well Told brings to life literature by and about women of America’s Gilded Age.?Enthusiastic 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 350 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.

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.”

  • 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). Two versions: Fully staged—with period costume, recorded Victorian music and sound effects. OR performed in oral interpretation style. Optional talk-back.

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

Availability: National 

 


Molly Murphy MacGregor

730 Second Street #469
PO Box 469
Phone:
(707) 636-2888
Fax: (707) 636-2909
Website: www.nwhp.org
Email: nwhp@nwhp.org
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 25 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.
Availability: National


Artist, Soraida Martinez

Studio: 220 South Berlin Road, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Mailing: PO Box 32, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026
Phone: 856-346-3131
Website: www.soraida.com
Email: ArtSoraida@aol.com
Description
: 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. 
Availability: New Jersey

SYLVIA MENDOZA
The Latina Influence in American Society


 

Based in: San Diego, CA
Email: smendoza7@aol.com
Website: www.sylvia-mendoza.com
Performer 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.

Availability: National



Holly Near

PO Box 236, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (Booking Agent Tam Martin) 503-281-3874
Website: www.beachfrontbookings.com
Email: TamMartin@beachfrontbookings.com
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.
Availability: National and International


Anne Pasquale
Living History
120 Cabrini Blvd, New York, NY 10033
Phone: 212-740-6201
Website: www.livinghistoryprograms.com
Email: apasqnyc@aol.com
Performance description: Anne Pasquale's Living History Programs. Offers participational Women's History Programs for audiences of all ages. 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.
Availability: National



Kate Campbell Stevenson
Women: Back to the Future

12122 David Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone 301-622-1588
Website: www.katecampbellstevenson.com
Email: kcamstev@aol.com

Performance Description:  Educate, motivate and inspire your audience with stirring musical theater featurng 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!, 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.

Availability: National


Jill S. Tietjen

P.E. 8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMB J189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430\
Phone: 303-796-8204
Email: jill@herstoryatimeline.com
Website: www.herstoryatimeline.com
Description: Co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, Jill S.Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer. She is one of the top historians in the country on scientific and technical women. She is the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving opportunities for women and girls to have more career options in technology. Tietjen 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 www.herstoryatimeline.com 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.
Availability: National


Charlotte S. Waisman, Ph.D.

8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMB J189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430
Phone: 303-674-2345
Email: charlotte@herstoryatimeline.com
Website: www.herstoryatimeline.com
Description: 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 www.herstoryatimeline.com 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.
Availability: National




Barbara Joan Zeitz, MA

Chicago, IL
Phone: 630.802.9723
Email: bjzeitz@comcast.net
Blog: www.rightherhistory.wordpress.com

Performance 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, Zeitz writes a monthly online column CountHerhistory now in its tenth year at www.aauw-il.org/information. In 2007, she produced a booklet to celebrate the first annual Jane Addams Day in Illinois. It honors Addams, the women of Hull House and their social reforms of the Industrial era, which govern still today.

A Thesaurus of Women From Cherry Blossoms to Cell Phones, Barbara’s first book was published in 2012. An anthology of her online columns, it celebrates women, most unknown, and their accomplishments, all well known. HerHistories promise to surprise, amaze, inform, educate, delight and never disappoint. As one reader wrote: “Your book is so stunning and sad and hopeful and fascinating. You’ve pulled together quite a group of women.” Barbara’s second book is scheduled for publication in 2013.

Zeitz offers seven individual Power Point Programs designed to enlighten, inspire, and empower as she walks with 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 religious beliefs.
  • Susan B. and Harry: depicts a scrupulous survey of sex and suffrage imbedded in passage of the 19th Amendment noting women’s right to vote was denied not won.
  • Civil Rights Women: acknowledges women’s grassroots activism pre-1960’s that paved the way for lunch counters, busses, blacks, whites, Brown v Board of Ed, and men leading post-1960’s organized activism.
  • Gender in the Court: scrolls down a litany of how law and gender have long intertwined in disparity in American law, from 1662 Virginia and early U.S. Supreme Court decisions to Lilly Ledbetter, 2008, cross-examining Justices and their gender.
  • A Hull of a House of Women and Peace: details women-initiated social reforms of the early 1900’s that govern today as OSHA, Social Security, FDA, etc., and celebrates America’s first female Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Jane Addams.
  • International Women’s Day: a timeline of poignant mid-1800s global events of women, wars, suffrage, marches, bread and roses, and The Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC that led to an annual day appreciating women. Why? Because nowhere in the world, then as now, can women claim to have the same rights and opportunities as men.
  • She Didn’t? Oh Yes She Did!: Highlights women direct from Barbara’s first book with glimpses of women to be in her second and introduces without hesitation or apology the bold, brave, often foolhardy, women who have been there and done: cell phones, software, cherry blossoms, kabuki, relativity, refrigeration, dams, dishwashers, Kevlar, margaritas, chocolate chip cookies, the sound of music -- women’s sounds to celebrate.

Availability: National