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Appropriate Local Headline__________________________ is pleased to announce that it will bring The Women Lawyers Club to __________________ on ____________________. This full-length play, coauthored and produced by Anna Marie and Graham Thatcher of Periaktos Productions, features three actresses who play numerous roles. The show is a lively theatrical montage that celebrates, not only women lawyers, but also the contributions that many other women have made in the law and legal practice throughout American history. Now in its fourteenth year, the company creates theatrical productions for continuing legal education and public education about the law. They produce CLE Theatre productions that focus on ethical issues in the practice of law are toured to bar associations, law schools and legal conferences throughout the country. The repertoire also includes plays on Clarence Darrow, Sir Thomas More, Justice William O. Douglas and Justice Thurgood Marshall. Clients include numerous state and national bar associations, as well as private law firms. In 2005 their play, Thurgood Marshall's Coming!, received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Honorable Mention Award in Theatre.
It is hard to believe, but most of the grandmothers (and some mothers) of today's "Baby Boomers" were born without the basic civil rights that male Americans enjoyed. Prior to universal suffrage however, some very courageous and determined women and supportive men had started to break down the barriers that kept women from the practice of law. What do women want? In answer to that age-old question, some women want to be lawyers! Others, who don't necessarily want to be lawyers, want to fight for truth, justice and the American Way!
It was a long and torturous journey to the bar for American women, filled with bigotry, rejection, intrigue, triumphs and more than a little humor along the way. The Women Lawyers Club, featuring Catherine Emberton, Joyce Jefferson and Carol Saunders, dramatizes the decades of striving for professional rights that began in the mid nineteenth century and resulted in the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female United States Supreme Court Justice in 1983. The stories of struggle abound and thirteen of them are presented on stage, including those of Margaret Brent, who arrived in the colony of Maryland in 1638 as the first woman to act as a lawyer in the New World ... Clara Shortridge Foltz, who created the public defender system, fought for forty years for the vote and lived to cast a legal ballot ... Myra Bradwell, who founded The Chicago Legal News and served as its publisher for 25 years, and Lyda Conley, a Wyandot Indian, who fought for 40 years to save the Huron place cemetery.
In spite of discrimination and hardship, the women lawyers of the United States have left their marks in virtually every area of the law. Others, who were not lawyers, fought for civil rights, the vote and "justice for all," and nevertheless made an everlasting impact on the social and legal fabric of the country. The Women Lawyers Club is a lively theatrical montage that celebrates the contributions that women have made in the law and legal practice throughout American history. It is a fascinating look at the issues that fueled the legal interests of women and tells the stories of some of the most noted (and not noted) women who have impacted the law and the American legal system. The presentation provides an engaging tool to facilitate discussion about all forms of bias and the struggle that many women still face in achieving full acceptance in the legal profession.
The Women Lawyers Club will be presented on ________________________ at _________. In ____________________. Registration is ______ . For further information call _______________ at _______________. **
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