Alice Paul and the 20th Century Fight for Women's Equality; A Living History Performance
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 at
About this Webinar
In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, the Alice Paul Institute is honored to host a spellbinding viewing of a performance based upon Alice Paul’s lifelong dedication to the fight for gender equality. Join us as we watch “Alice Paul and the 20th Century Fight for Women's Equality: A Living History Performance,” a 40-minute film created by the mother-daughter creative team of Liz Cannon and Joanna Guy. Researched, written, and acted by this talented duo, the film showcases dynamic monologues to tell the story of Alice Paul’s wide-ranging contributions to the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements.
Joanna Guy’s vibrant performance as a young Alice Paul recounting, in 1920, the bold campaign she led for women’s suffrage is enriched by Liz Cannon’s embodiment of an older Alice Paul sharing her thoughts on the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. Cannon also brings to the forefront Alice Paul’s lesser known work to incorporate gender equality into the Civil Rights Act and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout the performance, extensive quotes from Paul are woven, resulting in a factual and emotionally charged narrative that is, at turns, humorous, dramatic, and affecting.
Guy and Cannon will join us for a live Q&A immediately following the film and look forward to sharing more about their creative process.
Elizabeth Cannon served on the Board of Directors of Maryland Humanities from 2010-2019. Retired from a career at Hewlett-Packard Co., she resides in Frederick, Maryland. Liz has performed in community theater and has conducted extensive research on Alice Paul. She holds a BA from Santa Clara University and an MA from Stanford University.
Joanna Guy won the Maryland State History Day contest with her individual performance of Alice Paul. She has a broad range of experience in vocal performance and theater. Joanna is employed as a Senior Manager at Marriott International, Inc. where she co-founded and leads an early career women’s mentoring group. Joanna resides in Washington DC and holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Duke University.
Program Coordinator Altana “Tane” West came to the Alice Paul Institute in 2019 to support Centennial celebrations for 100 years of women having the right to vote. New to the world of non-profit work, West became passionate about equality through her escapades in over thirty countries across six continents.
With a B.A. in Law and Justice from Rowan University, she hopes to one day pursue policy writing at the local level. Alice Paul is her inspiration and she could not feel more honored getting to hold this position with API.