The Little Theatre will host a talkback with United States Congresswoman Louise Slaughter following a screening of “A Single Woman” on April 15.
“A Single Woman” is a new film about the life of the first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin, who was also a founding member of the ACLU and a fervent speaker against war. The film will run at The Little April 10- 6.
“A Single Woman” is about the life of Jeannette Rankin, America’s first Congresswoman and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. A suffragist, peace activist and reformer, Rankin changed the American political landscape forever. Noted for her very first action as a congresswoman in 1916, Rankin set the stage for her destiny when she voted against President Wilson’s WWI resolution. Unabashedly political, occasionally chilling, and entirely unique, A Single Woman illuminates the role of the individual in the American legislative process.
A post-screening talkback will be held following the movie with Bob Russell and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “Jeannette Rankin, a courageous leader and suffragist, broke barriers and opened doors for future generations of women,” said Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter. “I am particularly inspired by this remarkable public servant who walked the halls of Congress before me.”
“Our region is so deeply rooted in the women’s rights movement that I felt this needed to be brought to The Little, so that we celebrate the many women who have changed and created our nation’s history,” says Bob Russell, Executive Director of The Little Theatre. “We are thrilled that Congresswoman Slaughter, a pioneer herself, will be able to come back to Rochester to share in this special celebration.”
Elected in 1986 to represent Western New York in the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28) is the Chairwoman of the influential Committee on Rules, making her the first woman in history to serve in that role. A member of the House Democratic Leadership, she also serves on the prestigious Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. Congresswoman Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the New York State Assembly (1982-86) and Monroe County Legislature (1976-79). A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, she lives in the Rochester suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and together they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
As part of this event, The Little Theatre has partnered with The National Women’s Hall of Fame, The Susan B. Anthony House, The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester, and The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.