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Living history portrayals of inspiring women in their own words, stunningly acted and filmed.

About this project

What if all the wise, funny and notable women who have marked our lives from antiquity to modern times were to come alive? See it happen in unforgettable portrayals by historian and actress Elaine Partnow. With authentic costumes and realistic locations, Elaine--author of 17 books and performer at well over 500 venues internationally--breathes life into notable and fabulous women of the ancient and recent past. Placed in historical context, scripted from each woman’s own words, you will see these great women in action. Some of our backers asked for photos and clips from performances and Here's a couple of quick clips from a performance I did 20 years ago!

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Bella Abzug
Bella Abzug
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Juana Inez de la Cruz
Juana Inez de la Cruz

We've added some special incentives for our last week: some of Elaine's books--and some costumes from her living history performances. Take a look...then read on...

2000 quotations by 300 amazing women; plus mini-bios
2000 quotations by 300 amazing women; plus mini-bios
All the tools you need to help make public speaking easier
All the tools you need to help make public speaking easier

Worn in the original production of Elaine’s one-woman show Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 1985 and produced via an NEA grant. One-of-a-kind design made by a well-known fabric artist and painter (name revealed upon delivery). Elaine depicted a Sumerian moon priestess from 2500 BCE, with this lovely, shimmering silver lamé costume. Fits any size. Good condition.

Exquisite vintage gold sequined and baby pearl jacket, size 12, by Annabelle. Excellent condition. Worn by Elaine in her living history portrayal of Sophie Tucker. Feathered headband was custom made for Elaine and worn with the jacket. SOLD!

Vintage Evan Picone cocktail dress worn by Elaine in her original production of Hispanic Women Speak; commissioned by La Sociedad Española de New Orleans in 1988. Size 12. Rich gabardine, fully lined. Near mint condition.

Only one of each. See incentives to find out how you can get one!

With a modest and achievable budget of $13,375, we will produce twelve webisodes, each a stand-alone for the Internet; we will also combine them into two web series, about 45 minutes each, made available on DVD, ready for the classroom, discussion groups, and civic organizations. A great tie-in for National Women's History Month and other womanly celebrations.

Series I ~ INSPIRING AMERICAN WOMEN

   • Susan B. Anthony, suffragist

   • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist

   • Florynce Kennedy, lawyer & civil rights activist

   • Rachel Carson, mother of environmental movement

   • Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady & human rights activist

   • Bella Abzug, Congresswoman & peace & women’s rights activist

Series II ~ INSPIRING WOMEN OF DIVERSITY

   • Murasaki Shikibu, world’s first novelist

   • Juana Inez de la Cruz, Mexican scholar, poet, mathematician

   • Sarah Winnemucca, Native American educator, interpreter, activist

   • Sojourner Truth, ex-slave abolitionist and suffragist

   • Dolores Ibarruri, known as La Pasionaria during Spain’s Civil War

   • Golda Meir, Israel’s Fourth Prime Minister

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wear a nun’s habit under hot lights for several hours? Or a wig? Elaine is willing to bear up under such discomforts (every single one of her characters needs a wig) as well as wear the hot, starchy, long dresses of the 19th century, to bring authenticity to her portrayals. Of course, those wigs and costumes cost a bundle. Then there’s location. Where else would Murasaki Shikibu appear other than in a Japanese garden and tearoom? How about Susan B. Anthony defending herself in an 1872 courtroom? Or Sarah Winnemucca speaking at an Old West mission? These are only a few of the myriad expenses (permits, insurance, location rentals, videography, editing, transportation—and the list goes on) that your investment will cover so that we can bring the highest quality to this entertaining and informative web series.

Here is a look at the first in our series of five postcards, an incentive reward:

And here is our 8-1/2 x 11 poster: another incentive reward: it is printed on premium archival paper, ready for framing (if it doesn't read well on your screen, have no fear: it is crystal clear). For those whose reward offers a customization, the central, large image can be replaced with the woman of your choice:

Risks and challenges

We are a small crew dedicated to this project because of our passion for the subject. But because we are small, we do not have the outreach that projects with larger crews have in terms of networking. YOU are our crew! We want you to be a part of this project. Please join us and help spread the word.

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    25 backers

    Susan B’s Society:
    Our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page.

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    7 backers

    "Speaking with Power, Poise & Ease," an ebook by Susan Partnow & Elaine Partnow plus our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page.

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    2 backers

    A set of five hi-res original feminist designs that can be used to make postcards, greeting cards, instagrams, et al, plus our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page.

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    3 backers

    Our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page AND a free webisode from our series.

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    34 backers

    Elizabeth's Troop:
    Our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page and an original Quotable Woman thank you postcard.

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    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    All of the above plus a softcover copy of Elaine's book, "The Quotable Jewish Woman, Wisdom, Inspiration & Humor from the Mind & Heart." Perfect gift for the Jewish women and girls in your life.

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    16 backers

    Bella's Brigade:
    The above, plus a set of five blank Quotable Woman postcards.

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    11 backers

    Dolores' Dreamers: All of the above, plus an 8½ x 11 Quotable Woman poster designed by Elaine and printed on archival premium paper; ready for framing.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Dress worn by Elaine in her original production of "Hispanic Women Speak." Plus our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page and an original Quotable Woman thank you postcard.

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    Exquisite vintage gold sequined and baby pearl jacket and feathered headband worn by Elaine in her living history portrayal of Sophie Tucker. Plus our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page and an original Quotable Woman thank you postcard.

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    2 backers

    Sojourner's Supporters: All of the above plus an exclusive sneak preview of each webisode as it is completed.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Elaine depicted Enneduanna, a Sumerian moon priestess from 2500 BCE, with this lovely, shimmering custom-made silver lamé costume. Plus our deepest gratitude for helping to raise women’s voices plus acknowledgement on our web page and an original Quotable Woman thank you postcard.

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    2 backers

    Eleanor's Fans:
    All of the above, plus the 8½ x 11 poster can be customized to include a woman of your choice in the center image; plus Associate Producer credit; plus an invitation to one of our shoots or a phone conversation with Elaine Partnow.

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    Golda's Gems:
    All of the above, plus a signed copy of Elaine’s monumental work, THE QUOTABLE WOMAN, THE FIRST 5,000 YEARS.

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    Elaine's Angels: All of the above plus a new living history portrait of a woman of your choice which will be added to one of the webseries (certain parameters apply).

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Funding period

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