Women of Consequence
Ambitious, Ancillary and Anonymous
In the nineteenth century and even today, in the U.S. women have often been denied the right and opportunity to serve as political leaders and advocates. This was true for all women, including women of African descent. Despite barriers, women have found ways to influence politics and to have their voices heard. Women of Consequence explores the lives of African American women from the 1800’s and into the 20th and 21st Centuries– women who have contributed to the political landscape of America but have often been viewed as ancillary, and at worst anonymous, so that the history of their work has gone unrecorded or been erased. Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Charlotte Forten and Frances Harper are a few of the Women of Consequence included in this production. Through dance, poetry, music and drama, this program will share their stories, and promote discussion about freedom of expression and leadership for all women.