The Excelsior Arts & Culture Salon presents Bonda Lewis performing her one-woman show as Sara Bard Field.
Addressing a suffrage meeting, Sara Bard Field tells stories of her
eighty-eight day cross-country automobile trip in 1915, carrying a
petition to Congress for the immediate adoption of the Susan B Anthony
amendment giving the right to vote to all women of the United States.
Sara and two other feminists departed from the Panama-Pacific
Exposition in San Francisco with 500,000 signatures of California
women, who had already won the vote in 1911, and enfranchised women
from 11 other western states. In the months prior to this journey, the
National Women’s Party had maintained a booth in the Education building
to collect the signatures. To help reach the goal of universal
suffrage, the three women endured the rough drive to Washington, D.C.,
on the brand-new Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road in
the U.S., a road that was mostly unpaved, largely unmarked, and always
without the amenities of rest stops or motels.
Please join actor Bonda Lewis for the live performance and a question-and-answer session to follow.