They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. And political geniuses. They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together, they won women the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.
As part of its examination of the 19th Amendment centennial, The New York Times is publishing a new book, called Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote. Written by Times journalists, the book explores diverse women who fought for suffrage, but have been less recognized for their work.
The Times also asked playwright Ming Peiffer and director Whitney White to adapt some of the book’s biographies into a new form of theatrical storytelling, with invented scenes and imagined conversations among five women. The events of their lives, and their accomplishments, are real.
Starring Harriett D. Foy, Zora Howard, Q’orianka Kilcher, Leah Lewis, and Chelsea Rendon, you can register to watch Finish The Fight on the NY Times platform at 4:00pm on Tuesday, August 18th, at https://timesevents.nytimes.com/finishthefight.
Following the virtual performance on the NY Times platform, join Bag&Baggage on Zoom at 6:30pm to talk about the women at the heart of this work, the things we learn from hearing their stories, and the ways we can continue to honor their legacy in 2020. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join our Zoom.