*We Cannot Fail

Bonda Lewis performing her one-woman show as Sara Bard Field
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Bonda Lewis performing her one-woman show as Sara Bard Field. 

Addressing a suffrage meeting, Sara Bard Field tells stories of her eighty-eight day cross-country automobile trip in 1915, carrying a petition to Congress for the immediate adoption of the Susan B Anthony amendment giving the right to vote to all women of the United States. Sara and two other feminists departed from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco with 500,000 signatures of California women, who had already won the vote in 1911, and enfranchised women from 11  other western states. In the months prior to this journey, the National Women’s Party had maintained a booth in the Education building to collect the signatures. To help reach the goal of universal suffrage, the three women endured the rough drive to Washington, D.C., on the brand-new Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road in the U.S., a road that was mostly unpaved, largely unmarked, and always without the amenities of rest stops or motels.

Please join actor Bonda Lewis for the live performance and a question-and-answer session to follow.

More about the Woman Suffrage Centennial

Sara Bard Field, suffragist, reporter, poet and novelist muses from her home at The Cats just outside Los Gatos, California, as she looks forward to her own birthday party and contemplates her daughter’s wedding.  She talks about her poetry, and tells some stories from her unprecedented automobile-crossing of the United States with two other women in 1915.  They had departed from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco with 500,000 signatures of California women, who had won the vote in 1911, and enfranchised women from eleven other western states on a petition supporting the Susan B. Anthony Amendment for universal women's suffrage in the U.S. 

Yet Sara asks herself: has her unorthodox life been for nothing?  Have her endless speaking engagements, newspaper articles, interviews and tireless campaigning for woman suffrage changed the world in any way?  Have her own sad sacrifices been worth their price?  And having gained the vote, will women throw it away by simply not exercising it?  Can one life make a difference?  How do we become as courageous as all those women who, for a century, stood, fought and died that women could vote?  Sara asks.  Will you answer? 

Please join actor Bonda Lewis for the live performance and a question-and-answer session to follow.   

More about the Woman Suffrage Centennial.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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