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Why Women Roar For Equality


I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Why do women roar for equality? It is incredulous that in 2017, this question still needs to be answered. But, after a recent personal encounter with a millennial young women, I realized the importance of reiterating to the masses of men and women why women roar for equality. Our next generations of women fully need to comprehend why they are partaking in events as The Women’s March. 

This One's For The Girls
A new Off-Broadway Musical called ‘This One’s For The Girls’ is the impetus behind the question. Written by Dorothy Marcic, the show takes the audience through the decades of a woman — from the 1900s to present day — portraying the roles of women through drama and song. Forty of the Top 40 Hit songs about women are thread throughout the production including “Stand By Your Man,” “I Want to be Loved by You,” “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Respect,” ‘I Am Women” and “This Girl’s on Fire.”

Couple that with a backdrop of slides showing photographs of prominent women and men over the century who have helped to frame the woman’s role such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, heart throbs Bobby Darrin and David Cassidy, women’s advocate Gloria Steinhem, Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, musician Janice Joplin — the list is endless.

One of the scenes in the show depicts the original American teenage girls from the 60s, waiting anxiously by the old-fashioned phone for a boy to call. We’re talking pre-cell phones, internet, Facebook, Snapchat and the like. It was at that point, that the young millennial women turned to me asking if that really happened?

Incredulous, right? It was at that point that I realized how uninformed our next generation — especially of women — are on the hows and whys of the women’s movement. I am guestimating that most of the young girls and women who advocated and walked during this year’s Women’s March were clueless on how long the female sex has been striving for equality and the long history of why women are roaring now.

Ignorance Is Not Bliss When It Comes To Women’s Rights

“Every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” — Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News

As a mother to a millennial, I speak the truth when I say, “every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” I repeat, “ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.

I leave you with a quote I heard from Together For Girls‘ Daniela Ligiero cited from an ancient Chinese proverb.

“When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move.”

Abbe is Socially Sparked !   Abbe Sparks,  Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

‘This One’s For The Girls’, written by Dorothy Marcic is playing open-ended at St. Luke’s Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City. Visit their website for ticket information.

[Submitted by Abbe Sparks]

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Abbe Sparks

Abbe Sparks

Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News. Abbe is a Social Entrepreneur. A social media and content influencer, she has been promoting the entertainment, music, tech & advocacy sectors for over 25 years as the Founder & Chief Igniter of Abbe Sparks Media Group. Socially Sparked News covers the intersection of culture and social change via the people, events and causes that have Socially Sparked® our lives in the worlds of advocacy/activism, entertainment, music & technology. She frequently writes about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) and awareness initiatives. Women In Communications Member; Women in Music Member; Senior Board Advisor, Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.; Board Member, Women of the Blues Foundation; Advisor, Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation; Women of Distinction for Public Relations 2015, National Association of Distinguished Professionals; past President, NorthShore University HealthSystems Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital; Continental Who's Who Registry of National Business Leaders; columnist for RFPalooza, Abbe's Sparks; former executive editor six00threefive magazine; contributing writer Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine. Executive Producer, Christmas Ain't A Drag-big band musical revue. Abbe earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Arts & Sciences, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The mother of two young adult children, she resides In New York City.
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