We've Come a Long Way, Ladies!

A Centennial Celebration

of the 19th Amendment Through Song

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, this program educates and entertains while recognizing the struggle and sacrifices of the Suffragette Movement's most important figures. 

As a response to this Movement, many new songs were composed, complete with original lyrics and melodies. Others were created by changing the lyrics of songs already popular. Suffragette songs from the theater had a special flair all their own.  This recital program will feature selections from all of these types of songs, as well as pieces from the American folk tradition that expose the hardships faced by women and an opera aria from The Mother of Us All--American composer Virgil Thompson's opera on Susan B. Anthony with text by Gertrude Stein. Original footage and authentic costuming will provide further context and supplementation. 

Through the course of this recital program, audience members will learn about:

 

The connection between the Suffragette Movement and Prohibition, and why the liquor industry was one of the biggest opponents of women's voting rights

 

The importance of bicycles in women's liberation and the scandals this caused in both transportation and attire

 

Songs that furthered the Suffragette cause--whether or not this was their composers' original intention!

 

The changes made to the 14th amendment in oppositional response to the Suffragette Movement.

 

And much more!

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