‘Reviving the Dead Ladies’ at Rockford YWCA

July 1, 1993

“Reviving the Dead Ladies,” a skit revisiting the First National Women’s Rights Convention of 1850, will be presented by the Rockford Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Rockford YWCA at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The presentation, in celebration of Women’s Equality Day (signing of the

19th amendment giving women the right to vote), will take the audience back to 1850 through the words of some of the courageous women who dared to flaunt society with their demands for equal rights with men. At that time, women could not own property and were allowed no voice in government. They had no right to an education and had no right to vote.

1850 press coverage called the convention “that awful combination of Socialism, Abolitionism and Infidelity,” while accusing the women of being the “Pantalets Striking for the Pantaloons.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott, among others, will appear in period dress, calling for “the enlargement of the Sphere of Women.”

American Association of University Women is a national organization that “promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change.” Members in the Rockford Branch live in Rockford, Roscoe, Rockton, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Caledonia, and Belvidere.

For more information, please call the Rockford YWCA 986-1707.

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