Profiles of Women Past & Present: Women's History Monologues for Group Presentations

 
9780963775627: Profiles of Women Past & Present: Women's History Monologues for Group Presentations

Profiles of Women Past & Present contains fifteen inspiring women's history monologues to present to school-age or adult audiences. The monologues are designed to introduce children and adults to the wealth of women's history often missing in history books. Created, researched, written and published by members of the Thousand Oaks California Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Profiles of Women Past & Present enables parents, teachers, students, librarians and others to make women's history come alive for audiences in their communities. Included in this volume are monologues for Elizabeth Blackwell, Amelia Earhart, Grace Murray Hopper, Barbara Jordan, Emma Lazarus, Annie Oakley, Sandra Day O'Connor, Georgia O'Keeffe, Beatrix Potter, Sally Ride, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. PUBLISHER COMMENTS: Profiles of Women Past & Present was inspired by an innocent comment made a young girl to her mother. In 1985, seven-year-old Stacey Hindy broke her arm. While waiting in the doctor's office, Stacey said she could be a nurse when she grew up because "only men could be doctors." Her mother, Sandy Hindy, an AAUW member, immediately saw a need to show her daughter and other children that women's aspirations need not be limited by gender stereotypes. She researched, wrote and then presented several first person monologues highlighting the lives of women in history for students in grades one through six at her daughter's elementary school. One of the women she presented was Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first woman physician, demonstrating that girls could, indeed, be doctors.

The following year, the Thousand Oaks Branch of AAUW decided to build on what Sandy had done at one school. During National Women's History Month in March 1987, AAUW members portrayed five notable women in all of the public elementary schools in Thousand Oaks, California. The project has continued over the years and, with the publication of Profiles of Women Past & Present, has been duplicated by AAUW members and others in communities across the country.

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Whether you are a mother, grandmother, teacher, librarian, professional women, Girl Scout Leader, PTA member, women's organization member or student, you can make Women's History come alive for school-age or adult audiences. Profiles of Women Past & Present contains fifteen inspiring Women's History monologues for you to present or read aloud plus helpful costume, prop and presentation hints to get you started.

Recommended as a resource by Parents magazine, Profiles of Women Past & Present provides positive images of women and great role models for girls.

"If information like this were to be integrated into curricula, both girls and boys would be able to name and know about outstanding American women." - Myra and David Sadker, The American University, Washington, D.C., authors of Failing at Fairness: How America's Schools Cheat Girls

"As a professional woman and mother of two girls, I am happy to see a good resource to help them build self-esteem and realize their potential." - Suzanne P. Marks, Parent, Florida

"Thank you for this great contribution to women's history." - Mary Ruthsdotter, Projects Director, National Women's History Project

"My Brownie troop and my daughter have enjoyed these stories." - Sharon M. Dold, Brownie Troop Leader, Virginia

"Thanks for acting out the famous women. It helped me to understand more about what I can be when I grow up." - Melissa Dennis, Elementary School

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Profiles of Women Past & Present created, researched and written by members of the Thousand Oaks CA Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as part of the organization's annual Women's History Project presented in schools.

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