Why a Reader's Theater Production on the Equal Rights Amendment?
The idea for Press On, My Sisters grew from a desire to generate interest in the Equal Rights Amendment at our 2023 Women’s Equality Day event.
Our national League’s action alert on the ERA last spring prompted conversations on the ERA. Hasn’t it passed? Wasn’t it dead? Is it still needed?
As we dug into these questions, we discovered that the ERA was first proposed in 1923, and that – 100 years later – it was stuck in limbo. As of summer 2023, it was not yet part of the Constitution, but not yet dead. We believe it is needed now more than ever as an important tool in the judicial branch of government’s toolbox.
Elota Patton, a South Central Texas League member with a theater background, suggested reader’s theater as a perfect vehicle to tell the story of the ERA and generate interest in moving it out of limbo and across the finish line. League President Janis Richardson agreed to work with her by collecting images and photos for a slide presentation to accompany the script.