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Remembering women's work

Participants honor those who fought for right to vote

August 25, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN-Members of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium celebrated Women's Equality Day with a play in the park on West Main Street on Friday.

To celebrate 92 years since the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was signed, the consortium staged a "flash mob" play, titled "Failure is Impossible," which tells the story of the women's rights movement.

The local music group Bob and the Bobcats sang before and during the play. Actors in the play danced to the music, with Jahnn Gibson, playing Susan B. Anthony, even dancing the Charleston.

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Robin Eddy sits next to a sign at the Equality Day celebrations in Johnstown on?Friday.
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Helen Martin, President of the consortium, said this was the first year the group has done a play.

"The last time we did this was two years ago, and we did just a concert with the Bobcats," Martin said, "So, this year we decided to do something different."

The play had members of the crowd play characters, with Gibson playing Anthony and Rob Subik, a members of the Johnstown Historical Society, playing two characters opposed to women's sufferage.

Subik, in the character of Feeler Felix, referred to a women's suffrage group as a "committee of fools."

Subik, who was asked to volunteer, said before the play that this was the first time he had stepped on the stage in such a fashion.

"I think it will be an interesting thing for people to watch," Subik said.

Martin said the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association also held tours earlier Friday for people to learn about Stanton's life.

According to the consortium's website, Stanton, born November 12, 1815, in the city, was an American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women's rights convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls is often credited with initiating the first organized woman's rights and woman's suffrage movements in the United States.

In addition to the play, the consortium wrapped up its evening with an ice cream social.

There also was the ribbon cutting Friday at the Union?Hall?Inn for the "Walk in the footsteps of Elizabeth?Cady?Stanton" cell phone tour.

According to a news release, the tour is a one-hour, 1-mile route that visits 10 locations that were important in Stanton's life.



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