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Booking programs for 2024? Carol Simon Levin makes history come alive!
Planning 2024 programming for your library or group?
Carol Simon Levin offers exciting women’s history
programs for all
“Worry free” flexible booking policy:
You can move
a program online, move to another date, or cancel without charge.
Discover Change-Making Women from New Jersey…
Bridge Builder in Petticoats:
Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge
Carol Simon Levin impersonates Emily Warren Roebling to
tell the story of the woman who helped manage the construction of
this amazing bridge, which was considered one of the most amazing
technological achievements of its time, the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
At her death, she was called “the most famous woman in New
Jersey” and “one of the most noted women in the country,” yet today
almost no one knows her name!
“Lillian Feickert” and suffrage supporters at Drake
House, Plainfield NJ
Reclaiming Our Voice — Carol portrays Lillian Feickert, president of the NJ
Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920, to explore NJ’s overlooked
role in the long frustrating fight for woman suffrage. She tells how
some NJ women once had the vote, then lost it for over a century, how
nationally-known suffrage advocates Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady
Stanton staged tax and voting protests in the state, Dr. Florence
Spearing Randolph brought black women into the movement and Alice
Paul became the dynamo who re-energized the push for a federal
amendment. This program demonstrates that women were not “given” the
vote, but fought for it for generations.
Mothers of Invention — Carol portrays motion study pioneer and “Cheaper by
the Dozen” Montclair NJ mother of 12 Lillian Moller Gilbreth and
shares the stories of other overlooked women innovators, including
many women of color. From Margaret Knight (the 19th century “Female
Edison”) to Hollywood superstar Hedy Lamarr, these “Mothers of
Invention” changed our lives, yet their accomplishments were all too
Looking for a program for Black History Month?
Overlooked Ingenuity Carol Simon Levin portrays the NJ born colonial
inventor Sybilla Righton Masters to tell the stories of women who
overcame the combined barriers of gender and race and created
inventions that have changed our world. See also: Our Rights Too! Overlooked
Women of Color in the Fight for Women’s Rights
Bring in a W.A.S.P. for Memorial or Veterans’ Day…
A W.A.S.P. Takes Wing — Carol shares the story of the amazing Women
Airforce Service Pilots through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the
Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, test-flew experimental planes, and
became the first American woman to fly a jet airplane!
Other Ground-Breaking Women in STEM…
Nobody Owns the Sky: Fascinating
Stories of Forgotten Female Aviators — Carol portrays Elinor Smith Sullivan to tell the stories
of some of the early female pilots who risked their lives in flimsy
wood and canvas aeroplanes but whose ground-breaking exploits
were lost to history after Amelia Earhart’s famous disappearance.
Women of the Seas and Stars — Carol portrays Mercury 13 “almost astronaut” Jerrie Cobb
to tell the stories of overlooked women who sought to explore realms
beyond the surface of Earth — astronomers and astronauts, human
“computers” and marine scientists who have broadened our understanding
of our planet and our universe.
During election season, hear about the courageous
women who fought for women’s rights:
Pickets and Persistence, War
Service and Woman Suffrage — Carol portrays
Jeannette Rankin, America’s first female member of Congress, telling
the intertwined stories of women’s suffrage activism, war service,
and the political calculus that finally brought the support of
President Wilson, the U.S. Congress, and state legislatures to
achieve passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to
Remembering the Ladies: From
Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates (based on her book of the same name) — Carol
portrays Abigail Adams, who famously wrote to her husband John asking
that the Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when drafting new
laws for the new nation, something the new Congress definitely did
not do! “Abigail” then looks forward in time to tell the
stories of courageous and tenacious women of all colors and creeds
who fought to enhance women’s political participation — from Dolley
Madison to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the 1920 passage of
the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and the
pioneering female activists and politicians who’ve worked to extend
women’s economic, social, and political rights into the 21st century.
Our Rights Too! Overlooked Women
of Color in the Fight for Women’s Rights
Carol portrays Matilda Gage, honorary member of the Haudenosaunee, to
tell the story of the long fight for women’s rights emphasizing the
overlooked role played by women of color. She shares the stories of
Phillis Wheatley, the enslaved woman who wrote a poem in honor of
George Washington, noted abolitionists and women’s rights speakers
Maria W. Stewart, Sojourner Truth and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper,
organizers and suffrage activists Ida Bell Wells-Barnett and Mary
Church Terrill, Native American activists Zitkala-Ša and Marie Louise
Bottineau Baldwin, migrant rights advocate Dolores Huerta and many
more women of all colors and creeds who fought for women’s rights and
Speaking of empowering women — Juliette Gordon Low
gave millions of girls opportunities through Girl Scouting. Invite
her to come for a visit in February for World Thinking Day or October
for her Birthday…
“Crazy Daisy” : Juliette Gordon
Low: Intrepid Founder of the Girl Scouts — Carol impersonates Juliette Gordon Low to tell how an
impulsive, nearly-deaf, eccentric and fun-loving transatlantic
socialite founded an inclusive movement which has empowered tens of
millions of girls worldwide.
Curious? Click here for more info on all of Carol’s historical programs.
Note: If you don’t book programs, but like to attend
them (or if you want to preview a program), you can find a list of my
upcoming presentations at: https://tellingherstories.com/performances/
Many venues happily accommodate guests.
Looking for fun for the whole family? — Carol offers art, science, and interactive singalong & story programs
Click HERE for more information on her programs on art and artists, bridge building, flight, inventions and other STEM subjects
“Thank you again for
a wonderful program last night! I am still haunted by thoughts of
Emily….you made her come so alive…..and I learned more about the
Brooklyn Bridge than I thought I would ever know in my whole life!”
— Nora, Ocean County Library
“Thank you for
presenting a wonderful program that was so informative and
enlightening. Your knowledge and creative storytelling fosters
uncovering the truth of our past heroines.” — Nancy, Somerset Run
“I was somewhat
skeptical when Lilyan invited me to your program. As a pilot for many
years I thought that I knew I everything about women pilots. What a
surprise. Your program taught me so very much and your presentation
was outstanding. I am sending your information to as many women as I
can. I know that anyone who attends your program will be as excited
as I am.” — A.L.
Carol Simon Levin
is a professional and reliable performer, whose “in-character”
storytelling programs are very well-researched, presented in a fun,
informative manner and entertain while they educate… — L.K. Long
Branch Free Public Library
energy and historic knowledge combined to make a most enlightening
presentation — W.S. Ringwood Public Library
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