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Saugus High celebrates 'Women in History'

Posted: March 16, 2009 7:17 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2009 4:21 p.m.
Famous women in history from Cleopatra to Sally Ride will tell their stories "in person" when the American Association of University Women (AAUW) brings its "Women in History" program to Saugus High School.

Four one-hour long presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending with a final performance at 11:30 a.m.

Saugus High students will watch short monologues featuring teachers and staff dressing the parts of women who have contributed to the women's movement. This year's performances will feature Sally Ride, Cleopatra, Tasha Tudor, Irene Sendler, Babe Didrikson and one of Pearl Bailey's relatives.

The program will offer a good look at the women's movement through the years and offer students the chance to involve themselves in theatrical performances that are historically accurate while they celebrate the outstanding achievements gained by women.

This production is under the direction of Louise Willard, career transition advisor, in conjunction AAUW, in recognition of Women in History Month.

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, and in 1981 Congress established National Women's History Week. Today that week has expanded to a month long celebration.


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