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Tea With Alice and Me Comes to Long Beach

Zoe Nicholson on stage.
Tickets on Sale Now!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2018

Zoe Nicholson to perform Tea with Alice and Me in her own town.
Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA
Hosted by Second District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce
Friday, March 30, 2018

One of the places that the suffrage movement helped to open to women—we always had a little tearoom always at our headquarters where most newspaper people used to come. The people that were doing the press for us were headed by Mrs. Florence Boeckel. They formed this Women’s Press Club, which now exists. It was formed there in our little tea house.
Miss Alice Paul

Wild West Women takes Tea with Alice and Me to Long Beach, CA; to one of the most prestigious and lovely theaters in Southern California, The Beverly O”Neill. Located in the Long Beach Convention complex, this intimate theather is celebrated with plays and operas. Hosted by Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

This multi-media one-woman stage presentation features Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. With a backdrop of hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings, Zoe tells the story of the great teacher of Nonviolent Direct Action and the incendiary thread of tea in the American Women’s Revolution; Seneca Falls: 1848 to Washington DC 2018. Zoe will dramatically and accessibly reveal the Alice Paul few know about, and share Paul’s tools for activism and how Zoe herself was ignited into activism.

Suffragist Miss Alice Paul was the first to bring non-violent, direct action to America, ten years before Gandhi and decades before Martin Luther King. She was the first to organize a march to the White House, leader of the activist branch of women’s suffrage movement, a picket who was forced fed. Author of the Era, and worker for Women’s Rights until her death at age 92! Her tactics, philosophy and experiences give us tools today for our own activism, righteous indignation, and passion to build a torch, light it, and carry it for Equality.

February 20th, 2018|News Stories, Projects|

Tea With Alice and Me to Premiere January 7, 2018

Suffragist, Activist, ALICE PAUL’S life and work presented in solo performance

Tea With Alice and MeWith Zoe Nicholson, writer, scholar, for one day only, January 7, 2018

Alice Paul inspired “women not to give up, making them share her conviction that the political equality of women “is worth sacrificing everything for, leisure, money, reputation, and even our lives” (Jeremy McCarter,  Young Radicals)

TEA WITH ALICE AND ME premieres on Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2 pm in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Begin the New Year with the experiences of one who was un-daunted by challenges and defeats–to winning Women suffrage, 1920, and beyond.

Suffragist ALICE PAUL was the first to bring non-violent, direct action to America, 10 years before Gandhi and MLK; leader of the activist branch of women’s suffrage movement, a picket who was forced fed, to win the vote in 1920. Author of the Era, and worker for Women’s Rights until her death at age 92! Her tactics, philosophy and experiences give us tools today for our own activism, righteous indignation, and passion to build a torch, light it, and carry it for Equality.

This multi-media one-woman stage presentation features Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. With a backdrop of hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings, Zoe tells the story of the great teacher of Nonviolent Direct Action and the incendiary thread of tea in the American Women’s Revolution; Seneca Falls: 1848 to Washington DC 2018. Zoe will dramatically and accessibly reveal the Alice Paul few know about, and share Paul’s tools for activism and how Zoe herself was ignited into activism.

*Co-Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood,
*The performance includes a Q and A and a tea reception.
*Parking is free with validation at the site.
*Tickets: Eventbrite

December 21st, 2017|Projects|

Inez Milholland Memorial by Inez Haynes Gillmore ~ Christmas 1916

The Story of the Woman’s Party
by Inez Haynes Gillmore

The most poignant event — and perhaps the most beautiful in all the history of the Congressional Union — took place on Christmas Day of this year, the memorial service in memory of Inez Milholland. Inez Milholland was one of the human sacrifices offered on the altar of woman’s liberty. She died that other women might be free.  p 184

That Christmas Day, Statuary Hall in the Capitol of the United States was transformed. The air was full of the smells of the forest. Greens made a background — partially concealing the semi-circle of statues — at the rear; laurel and cedar banked the dais in front; somber velvet curtains fell about its sides. p 185

Every one of the chairs which filled the big central space supported a flag of purple, white, and gold. Between the pillars of the balcony hung a continuous frieze; pennants of purple, white, and gold — the tri-color of these feminist crusaders.
The audience assembled in the solemn quiet proper to such an occasion, noiselessly took their seats in the semi-circle below and the gallery above. The organ played Ave Maria. Then again, a solemn silence fell. Suddenly the stillness was invaded by a sound — music, very faint and faraway. It grew louder and louder. It was the sound of singing. It came nearer and nearer. It was the voices of boys. Presently the beginning of a long line of boy choristers, who had wound through the marble hall way, appeared in the doorway.

They marched into the hall chanting:
Forward, out of error,
Leave behind the night, 
Forward through the darkness, 
Forward into light.

 

The full book is available FREE online.

December 24th, 2016|Inez, Inez Biography|

"Former Teacher Makes Documentary On Women’s Right To Vote"

gn-record Alexandra Civorelli of the Great Neck Record reports,

Have you ever heard of Inez Milholland? What about Martha Wheelock? It’s more likely that Wheelock’s name is familiar. A longtime resident and teacher in the Great Neck Public School District, Wheelock taught English and theater for 18 years in Great Neck North and South high schools and at The Village School.

Inez Milholland, however, is a name that should be well-known, but instead has been erased from most history textbooks. Also known as the “beautiful suffragist,” Milholland was an American icon who worked to get voting rights for women and became the voice of the suffrage movement after she died for the cause in 1916.

Having always been drawn to women’s studies and filmmaking, Wheelock realized at New York University, where she was earning her PhD, that films celebrating women and their accomplishments were notably few and that it was a hole in the past that needed to be filled. Wheelock has since made several documentaries highlighting lesser known—but no less important—women activists and artists, as well as the suffragist movement. She also cofounded and became executive director of Wild West Woman, Inc., a nonprofit that produces films on women in order to provide positive role models for women and girls.

Wheelock has relocated from Great Neck to California and retired from teaching, but has continued to make documentaries, including her latest, Inez Milholland, Forward into Light, which she wrote, produced and directed. It was after learning about how this beautiful suffragist died—and the fact that it has been exactly 100 years since her death—that Wheelock knew she had make this film.

She began researching this incredible woman, but was met with little success; it wasn’t until she found newspaper articles on her western tour in California that details of Milholland’s contributions were discovered.

“She made 50 speeches on the West Coast, and California women could vote against Woodrow because he was against the suffragists,” Wheelock explained. By 1916, California woman had won the right to the vote, but the fight was far from over in many other states. Suffragists like Milholland wanted to urge people to boycott President Woodrow Wilson, who remained steadfast in his stance against women voting.

Wheelock said that during her tour to accomplish this, “these little town [newspapers] put in huge articles about what she looked like, how she was so beautiful. They marketed her like Beyoncé, like this beautiful, incredible woman, [the men] didn’t even care was talking about women and their right to vote.” And so, with the men flocking to see her and their wives tagging along, Milholland’s reputation and mission exploded.

Her worldwide fame reached its peak when, after a long and exhausting tour in which she’d made 50 speeches, Milholland fainted at a podium during a rousing speech. She died a few weeks later of anemia at age 30.

Although a shockingly sad demise, the fight for equality continued without her. But, Milholland’s words were not forgotten. Before she fainted, her last public words were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” She spoke for the thousands who didn’t have a voice and, even after her death, her words continued—sewn onto the banners of picketers who protested outside The White House for 17 months.

Milholland was extremely radical for her time. She was a “new woman”
in the early 20th century who believed in a women’s right to choose and vote. She even asked a man to marry her, disregarding a tradition that still exists today. “She was a wonderful role model,” Wheelock said warmly. “She lost her American citizenship because she proposed to a Dutchman, she wouldn’t have had the right to vote anyway.” And yet, Milholland still gave her life on behalf of her gender.

Instead of viewing history as a far removed series of facts and dates, Wheelock has noticed that these documentaries make “people begin to believe that history is theirs. [Someone might say], ‘wow, that could’ve been me campaigning for Hillary Clinton,” she continued. “That’s what’s been so exciting about this film, people become amazed, Inez was their own little hero…it’s so touching. After screenings, women come up to me and say, ‘thank you so much for showing me about her.’”

One hundred years after her death, Wheelock’s documentary is more relevant today than ever. It reminds us how important it is to vote, and to remember how many people have struggled and made terrible sacrifices throughout history so that every American would have the right to have a voice.

November 27th, 2016|Inez, Martha Wheelock, News Stories|

100 Years Ago ~ She Gave Her Life for the Vote

It would be hard to imagine the vote being more precious than it is today.  Of course, the very term, “the vote,” we all know means the national vote.  Americans are uplifted or dashed on the rocks every four years with their choices validated.  All are casting about in an effort to be counted, to burst through invisibility, to be enfranchised.

Who treasures the vote more, we ask the unanswerable.  What is the criteria of such a trophy.  Standing in line seems to be one of the most revered demonstrations.  Crossing the bridge in Selma, encircling the White House for months, marching, picketing, protesting.  Sitting at the counter, lying on the ground, petitioning.  But most of all, the ultimate sacrifice is death.

The lady on the white horse.  Who is the lady on the white horse?  Where did her story end?  Inez Milholland died November 25, 1916.  She is our St Joan.  In 1913, leading 10,000 suffragists to the White House astride Grey Dawn she rode into danger so that women could vote.  Known as the “beautiful suffragist, she gave herself over to the National Woman’s Party and to the cause.  She could have been noted as the most educated, the most articulate, the most “Modern Woman,” but her value on the speaking trail was demonstrating that women who value the vote can be beautiful too.  While on tour, speaking two or three times a day for months, she fell from the podium at Los Angeles Blanchard Hall, was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital and never left.  She died 30 days later.

The provenance of the women’s vote, from 1845 to August 26, 1920 began with Quaker women meeting with the Iroquois and ended with a mother’s admonition to her son Harry, “Be a good boy.”  Harry Burn delivered that last single whisper that collectively handed women their success.  It can be no surprise that it was at the urging of a mother, of a woman whose admonition piled on to Abigail Adams’ rebuke to John, “remember the women.”

In the last decade of American suffrage, leading the charge for the vote was the militant, Alice Paul.  She never regarded it as the goal, merely a “stone in the mosaic.”  She cautioned that women would not use the vote for their own advancement.  They would vote as their husbands or fathers told them, or possibly not at all.  It explains her lifelong focus on a constitutional amendment, the ERA, to universally protect all Americans.

This week, we remain in the procession of women who have yet to ascend to full power, to wholly realize what America would look like with a woman at the helm.  You can be sure that Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Inez Milholland dreamed of it too.

submitted by Zoe Nicholson
assistant producer

November 21st, 2016|News Stories|

Great Suffragist Falls *Los Angeles* October 23, 1916

Illness Ends Campaign Tour
of Inez Milholland Boissevain

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Standing room only at Blanchard Hall, Inez spoke passionately.  “President Wilson, how long must women wait for liberty?  Let me repeat, we are not putting our faith in any man or in any party but in the women voters of the West.”  Exhausted, she fell appearing to faint.  Helped off the stage, she returned and continued assailing President Wilson and answered a few questions.   The crowd had no way of knowing but this would be her last public speech. Spending the night at the Hotel Alexandria, Inez worsened.  On the morning of October 24, 1916, she entered Good Samaritan Hospital.

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October 24th, 2016|Inez, Inez Biography|

100 Years Ago ~ October 1916

Mrs Alva Belmont sends off Inez to tour the West for federal suffrage.  No one can imagine that she will never return from Los Angeles.  Falling at the podium, admitted to The Good Samaritan hospital.  She dies a month later.  November 25, 1916, age 30.  We have been given the ultimate iconic woman for everlasting inspiration.

october-1916“After Inez’s sacrifice, the women of America continue to work with renewed devotion
to achieve full freedom for all women and full democracy for the Nation.”

 

October 7th, 2016|Inez, News Stories|