Marathon ‘Celebration of Speech’ will mark International Women’s Day in Northampton
NORTHAMPTON — International Women’s Day will be marked with a “Celebration of Speech” in downtown Northampton. The program sponsored by the non-profitWomen’s Voices Worldwide will pose the enduring question: “What is Feminism?”
Dozens of speeches made by famous women throughout the ages will be re-enacted by scores of contemporary women during the eight-hour program.
The afternoon kicks off with a reading of “The Slavery of Women,” delivered in 1797 by Carolina Lattanzi, described as a “radical voice during Italy’s revolutionary triennium.”
By around 6:30 p.m., a 1935 speech by Amelia Earhart entitled “A Woman’s Place in Science” will be read aloud.
The marathon program includes re-enacted speeches by Margaret Sanger, Lilly Lebedder, Laverne Cox, and many other leading feminists icons from throughout history and around the world. The full program can be found here (pdf).
In addition to re-enacted speeches, original remarks will be delivered by environmental justice activist Jessa Orluk, Dr. Tanya Williams of Union Theological Seminary, civil liberties lawyer Kim Sullivan, Liz Friedman of MotherWoman, transgender performer and activist Lorelei Erisis, and more.
Musical performances by Evelyn Harris, the Raging Grannies, and the Ku’umba Women’s Choir are also on tap.
A coffee and dessert reception will be held at 8 p.m.
The ‘Celebration of Speech’ runs from noon to 8 p.m. at the First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St., on Saturday, March 7.
On March 7, 2015 First Churches will host Women’s Voices Worldwide’s Celebration of Speech to celebrate International Women’s Day.
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Celebration of Speech
The 3rd Annual
Celebration of Speech
In honor of International Women’s Day
“What is Feminism?”
March 7, 2015
Reception at 8:00 pm
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