(Cincinnati, OH) On June 12, the 10 ___ Women project will celebrate 10 historic women in Cincinnati at a public event hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206. The visitors are invited to experience the lives of 10 women who had an impact on Cincinnati through informational displays, storytelling, and art.
The first “class” of 10 women was selected through input from the community to represent a wide breadth of women and their accomplishments. 10 ___ Women is produced by Kristin and Jeff Suess as recipients of a 2019 People’s Liberty Project Grant. The blank in the name 10 ___ Women is a space for a descriptive identifier, such as “persistent,” “inspiring, “innovative,” and “fierce.”
“Women have often been overlooked or overshadowed in history,” said Kristin Suess. “We want to shine a light on some incredible women who have had an impact on Cincinnati but have been forgotten or mostly unrecognized. And we want to show their relevance to women today.”
10 ___ Women Event
June 12, 2019
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206
Doors open 6 PM
Program starts 7 PM
Free and open to the public
The first class includes:
Theda Bara, the first sex symbol of the silent film era; Virginia Coffey, a civil rights advocate who helped desegregate Coney Island; Dorothy Dolbey, the first woman to serve as mayor of Cincinnati; Cora Dow, the entrepreneur of the Dow’s Drugs chain of drugstores; Sarah Fossett, an operative in the Underground Railroad who desegregated the city’s streetcars; Dottie Kamenshek, a champion baseball player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; Edna Murphey, the founder of Odorono anti-perspirant who changed advertising; Sister Anthony O’Connell, a nun who worked as a field nurse during the Civil War; Jessie M. Partlon, a pioneering journalist and women’s rights activist; and Venus Ramey, the former Miss America who turned to politics.
Featured visual artists: Marreya Bailey, Jennifer Baldwin, Jo Ann Berger, Laura Darpel, Arielle Goldberg, Brenda Grannan, Natalie Grilli, Cheyenne Hamberg, Ellis McCarthy, Sara Leah Miller, Christine Ochs-Naderer, Hannah Parker, Anissa Pulcheon, Deborah Ridgley, Kate Rowekamp, Nadia Saraiva, and Jamie Schorsch.
Original portrait art will be displayed and available for purchase at the discretion of the artist.
Character interpreters/video actors: Nicole Cornelius, Jacqueline Daaleman, Julie Locker, Dava Lynn, Mary O’Connell, and Rachel Scardina.
Video actors (future release): Burgess Byrd, Blair Godshall, Patty Grasty, and Karen Laven.
Guest speakers currently include (subject to change):
Sherry Coolidge, Kathryne Gardette, Lisa Hill, D. Lynn Meyers, Jackie Reau, Mandy Smith, Molly Wellmann, Vanessa White, and Rolanda Wilkerson.
Project also includes the talents of Sydney Cresap, videographer; Alma Flores, makeup artist; and Steph Landry, graphic designer. Logo and brand design by Julia Lipovsky.
Once completed, the digital archives of the project will be available to the public. The information displays will be made available on loan to other area venues.
About 10 ___ Women:
10 ___ Women will be a multi-disciplinary experience that will connect the accomplishments of female trailblazers with our modern Cincinnati identity using the lives and legacies of 10 Cincinnati women. The team behind the 10 ___ Women project is Kristin and Jeff Suess. Kristin Suess is an arts administrator who works to support and encourage artists so that they can thrive creatively and sustainably. Jeff Suess is the librarian for The Cincinnati Enquirer where he writes about Cincinnati history.
For more information on 10 ___ Women, visit www.facebook.com/10womenofcincinnati and follow @10_women on Instagram.
About People’s Liberty:
People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities. People’s Liberty is powered by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.
For more information on People’s Liberty, visit www.peoplesliberty.org.