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Well, here we are: November 2014.

Coming off the mid-term elections, we women did not fare very well AT ALL! But, let’s find the good. Alma Adams, a Democrat from North Carolina, becomes the 100th woman to serve in the Congress. Yay. But that’s all I got….

I am heartbroken to report that we had the lowest voter turnout in 72 years.This is tragic. As your resident Cultural Herstorian, I cannot help but think about another tragic November event. Back on November 15, 1917, Super Suffragist and all around Fabulous Female Alice Paul was arrested with a bunch of her sister suffragists for peacefully picketing in front of the White House for the right to vote. They were charged with obstructing sidewalk traffic and physically – literally – thrown into jail. It was called the Night Of Terror. And it was.

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Alice Paul went on a hunger strike. They stuck tubes up her nose and down her throat and force fed her raw eggs every day twice a day for a month.

Alice-Paul-05 She did that so we could vote.

So here it is, November 2014, and yes, we are talking about this pathetic low turn out and how the election results affect women. But we are more interested in talking about what Renee Zellweger did to her face and – of course, my favorite non-role model Kim Kardashian, and how she posed nude for PAPER magazine. As my pal Nicole Sandler of radioornot.com says quite regularly, “It’s upside down world.”

Kim Kim Kim. Why can’t you take a page from another beautiful and famous woman’s book and use your platform and profile for good? Angelina Jolie uses her celebrity to shines a light on serious issues. So do lots of celebrities. Why can’t you, Kim?

Somehow, I don’t think Kim Kardashian is reading my blog/newsletter.

But I found something very positive to share. There’s a very fun upbeat catchy pop song on the radio these days called “All About That Bass”. I wondered what the song was about, so I googled the lyrics and I am thrilled to share them with you. The singer is Meghan Trainer who co-wrote the song with a Mr. Kevin Kadish. It is now part of my slideshow presentation of SHE’S HISTORY! that I perform for the schools, along with Alicia Key’s “Girl On Fire”, Katie Perry’s “Roar”, Sara Bareilles “Brave”, and Pink’s “Try” – all inspiring and empowering songs.

Here are the lyrics:

Because you know I’m all about that bass,
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
All the right junk in all the right places
I see the magazines working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
Come on now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top
Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night
You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,
So, if that’s what’s you’re into
Then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m all about that bass,
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches Hey
No, I’m just playing I know you think you’re fat,
But I’m here to tell you that,
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night
You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,

So, if that’s what’s you’re into
Then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m all about that bass,
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

Because you know I’m all about that bass,
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

Because you know I’m all about that bass,
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

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SHE’S HISTORY! News

I am thrilled and proud to announce I have been voted in as a member of Theatre West, “an internationally acclaimed non profit arts organization in Hollywood, California. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles, and is a democratic artistic cooperative dedicated to the artistic growth of its members”. I hope to be able to develop SHE’S HISTORY! into the full play I have written, using the wonderful talent pool and resources of this established cool theatre company. Read all about Theatre West here.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Horace Mann Middle School in Beverly Hills is bringing me in again in December to inspire and create future voters and maybe even a Cultural Herstorian or two. Here’s what it looked like last year when I performed for the middle school.

Horace Mann Middle School, Beverly Hills

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If you’re in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 7th, mark your calendar and buy your ticket. The solo show is back at The Lounge Theater, as part of HOLLYWOOD STAG, their annual solo show festival.

One show only on Sunday December 7th, 2014, at 2:00 PM. The Lounge is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., (2 blocks East of Vine) in Hollywood. Street parking is free and easy on Sundays. Tickets are $20. You can reserve your tickets now by phone at (323) 960-7788, or click here.

December 17, 2014 show flyer

OTHER NEWS

Another exciting Staged Reading took place in West Hollywood in October, and it was filmed by documentary filmmaker Martha Wheelock. I am working on a student acted version, as well as developing this version into a full play. Will keep ya all posted on my progress. More media coming soon….

Here we are backstage, getting ready to go on.

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From left to right:
Jane Brucker who played Bella Abzug, Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Victoria Woodhull and more; Susan Peahl who played Betsy Ross, Lucretia Mott, Lilly Ledbetter, Shirley Chisholm and more; Mary Macvean who read the stage directions; me who played MOM – The Narrator; Clara Rodriguez who played Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Ten Year Old Ruby, and more; and Rozie Bacchi who played Elizabeth Cady Stanton, George Wallace and more….

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