ABOUT IF SHE STOOD

 
Photo courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia 
 
If She Stood considers a small but vital collection of women who worked to radically upend numerous societal wrongs through personal and collective action. In 1833 many of these women joined in the founding of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, a multi-racial collective fighting variously for the end of slavery, boycotting of goods produced by the labor of enslaved people, protection of newly freed men and women, and education. Through their work in the Society many of these women individually happened upon what was then called “the women’s question.” They went on speaking tours crusading for their abolitionist cause only to find themselves pilloried both for their politics and for standing at the head of a room; the outrageousness of a woman taking center stage to instruct both men and women on any question. In response, many of these women fused abolition and women’s rights into a crusade for equal rights for all citizens. What prompts an individual to relinquish her personal life to public necessity? What makes a crusader? How does personal faith motivate public action? What happens in the moment before you act?  If She Stood will explore these questions and muse on the women of 19th century Philadelphia who decided to take a stand.
If She Stood will run for six performances - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8pm, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3pm, followed by Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8pm, Saturday, May, 2013 at 8pm and Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3pm. BUY NOW

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