Marathon ‘Celebration of Speech’ will mark International Women’s Day in Northampton

Women march for equal rights (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)
Mary Serreze | Special to The RepublicanBy Mary Serreze | Special to The Republican
on February 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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.

(copied from The Republican Website)

Celebration of Speech

The 3rd Annual
Celebration of Speech
In honor of International Women’s Day

“What is Feminism?”

March 7, 2015

12:00 pm – 8:00 pmFirst Churches of Northampton
129 Main StreetFREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLICDoors open at 11:45 am
Reception at 8:00 pm

In honor of International Women’s Day, Women’s Voices Worldwide, Inc. invites you to visit downtown Northampton, MA to witness a celebration of women’s speech from past to present. Through historic re-enactments, contemporary speeches, musical performances, and a celebratory reception, people of all ages and backgrounds will join together to recognize and honor the importance of women’s voices in the world.

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Would you like to speak at this year’s event?
A small 
number of historic speeches still need readers.
Preference will be given to women of color.
Especially seeking a transwoman of color to read a speech by Laverne Cox.
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