If She Stood

Painted Bride Art Center

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Dec 05, 1833 – Founding of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society

If She Stood considers a small band of women who used personal and collective action to upend their world. In 1833 many of these women joined in founding the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, a self-propelled multi-racial collective whose members fought variously to end slavery, boycott goods produced by the labor of enslaved people, protect newly freed men and women, better education, foster literacy, improve nutrition, promote temperance, and offer women hygienic instruction. Often speaking in public, these women were judged equally for their radical politics and for daring to rise to their feet before a seated gathering of both genders, a woman daring to stand and value her opinion in public.

Commissioned by the Painted Bride Art Center, written and directed by Ain Gordon in collaboration with Nadine Patterson, If She Stood will muse on women of 19th century Philadelphia who decided to take a stand.

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If She Stood has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.

TAGS: Women Freedom
Artistic Credits

Ain Gordon - Playwright & Director
Nadine Patterson - Filmmaker

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