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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6th Annual Women Stage the World Parade: The Women Count March
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New York, NY - The League of Professional Theatre Women led the 6th Annual Women Stage the World Parade: The Women Count March through Times Square on June 12, 2018, to raise awareness about the underrepresentation of women in theatre and the performing arts. The league wants to see a 50-50 breakdown in professional performance groups by the year 2020.
The March welcomes all theatre women and allies to join together to shed light on the lack of gender parity in the field and ask theatre decision makers to take a step toward positive change by having #OneMoreConversation with a female job candidate before hiring.
In these efforts, the League is quantifying the current state of gender parity with the Women Count Report series, raising awareness with this March, and offering a solution with #OneMoreConversation.
Women Stage the World continues a long tradition of activism by women of the theatre. The Suffrage Movement would not have achieved success without our theatrical foremothers, who created the first-ever marches and street pageants, including the game-changing first March on Washington in 1913, which inspired many future equality marches. A century after the 19th Amendment, women are still fighting to have their voices heard, and be “counted” as valuable and equal citizens.
The tradition of donning costumes of noted women artists began in 1985 with the historic Guerilla Girls, and has continued with Women Stage the World and other LPTW Heritage programs. We embody women of the past, speaking out in the present, so our voice will be heard in the future. These programs recall a formidable heritage of activism, and are proof-positive that women do, indeed, COUNT.
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