ABOUT THE PLAY
We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History is the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. It has been performed across California, including for the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, Soroptimists International, National Council for Jewish Women, and League of Women Voters. Over 400 soldiers at the Ft. Irwin National Training Center gave the cast a standing ovation and shook the hands of each and every performer. Thousands of California high school and college students have seen it. On Women's Equality Day 2017, We Did It For You! began performances in Massachusetts. A dedicated troupe of volunteer women who care about women's rights and active participation in our democracy are determined to entertain and educate you with this incredible experience.
We Did It For You! is a quick tour through the journey that women have taken to get rights in the United States, starting with the struggle women had in the 17th century Puritan Revolution through to our 21st century empowered women politicians. The play focuses on the stories of just some of the women who believed they deserved more than being treated as minors and being extensions of men.
The few women portrayed in the play are not the whole story. Women have not only struggled to obtain their rights, they have made contributions that have been overlooked in many history books. In so many areas, women have been the first to accomplish things, have ideas, create inventions, and solve problems.
First produced by the Women's Journey Conference in Costa Mesa, CA in 2010, We Did It For You! went on to be showcased at conventions, organizations, schools, museums, and other venues throughout California. We developed the play-reading workshop version in 2011 and have been working with schools, colleges, and women's organization in many states since then. Many groups go on to do staged readings afterwards. In 2017, we formed a New England cast so that we can begin to bring this play to venues on the East Coast.
Just some testimonials
“The play is one of the most entertaining and interesting re-enactments of the history of women I have seen to date. It is so well put together that it easily captures the interests of all age groups-especially our younger generation ...who need to know where we have been in order to see the potential of where we can go when we work together!” - Amy Lance, California State University, Chico
“The performance was so outstanding and moving that I got goose bumps and cried." - Lilly Ledbetter, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first act of legislation signed by President Obama
The lessons learned here apply to both genders and all ages and can be applied to contemporary issues, making them as relevant today as they were 100 or more years ago. - Mitzi March Mogul, Vice President, Heritage Square Museum