Welcome 2017 playwrights! We are entering our third year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year! We would love to have you write with us.
Below you will find:
-Directions to Participate
-A list of women who have not yet been covered. (You don’t have to stick to this list, but we don’t yet take duplicates, so it may help you.)
PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2017 (There are no extensions.)
DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE: (Please read these 4 steps carefully)
FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.
Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the 2017 CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.
SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation (or denial) email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from email@example.com. It can take up to three weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.
THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.
Plays can be any length, any number of characters, any language, any genre (musicals included), and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.
FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.
You will email your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the directions below:
(1) In the subject line you will put: 2017/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write “MANY WOMEN” in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)
(2) Include YOUR 100 word playwriting bio in the BODY of the email
(3) Write out your historical/play info to be searchable on the website in the following format:
***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****
Alexandra David-Neel- “Adventuress Adventurous”(10 pages)/Playwright: Deborah Magid (2017)
Alexandra David-Neel (Writer,Explorer,Singer)/Playwright: Deborah Magid
Century they were Born: (If you can’t find exact dates just put the century)
Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)/Playwright: Deborah Magid
By Play Info: (just written out once with all the women in history listed after “inspired by”)
“Adventuress Adventurous” by: Deborah Magid (3 characters/10 pages) Inspired by: Alexandra David-Néel (2017)
(4) Attach your play as a PDF and submit!
You can always email us if you have any questions. Please understand, that your bio won’t be listed on the web site until your play is turned in and processed.
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
*You can write about as many women as you want and they can all be in the same piece, or separate pieces. It is okay if the piece is simply about the historical woman or women, but they don’t appear.
*Any length welcome from 2 pages-full length. Any number of characters. Any language. Any genre. Musicals included.
*Plays are due Dec 31st of 2017. No extensions.
* You are always allowed to revise your piece. When you do, email it again with REVISION/Play title/Playwright/Year in the subject line and the revised piece attached as a PDF.
*Women MUST have existed. *They can be living or dead. *Our plays are loosely based on these historical figures.
*Yes, we plan to do this every year.
*You retain ALL rights to your pieces and may submit them anytime and anywhere you want to. When one of your 365 pieces gets produced, we will put it on the web site and tweet about it! Nothing will be done with your play without your discretion. If a theatre wants to produce your piece, we will contact you. While the play info is searchable, interested parties cannot read your piece unless you give permission.
*We have had festivals all over the world and appeared in The Dramatist. We have playwrights from all over the world participating.
WOMEN WHO ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO WRITE ABOUT: (You do not have to choose from this list. I add options to this list throughout the year if many are chosen.)
A- Abena P.A. Busia, Abigail Adams, Adela Zamudio-Ribero, Adelaide Hall, Adelaide Hermann , Adobogiona the Elder, Aelia Eudocia, Aemilia Scaura, Agnès Humbert, Agrippina, Alberta Hunter, Albertha Madeline Isaacs, Aleda E. Lutz, Alessandra Giliani, Al-KhansaAlice Guy Blache, Aline Charigot Renoir, Ama Ata Aidoo, Amastris, Ameerah Al Taweel, Aemilia Hilaria , Amina of Zau Zau, Amy Jacques Garvey, Amy Johnson (pilot), Amy Spain, Anahita Ratebzad, Anarcha, Andree Borrel, Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, Angelika Kaufmann, Anita Alvarez, Ann duCille, Anna Julia Cooper , Anna Hedgeman, Anne Braden, Ann Lohman, Anne Ofula, Anne Morelli, Annemarie Jacir, Annette Hanshaw, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Annie G. Fox (Lt.), Antistia, Anuradha Koirala, Aretaphila of Cyrene, Ashi Sonam Chhoden Wangchuck, Athenais Philostorgos II, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ayya Khema, Azita Ghanizada
B- Barbara Lauwers, Bebe Daniels, Begum Rokeya, Berengaria of Portugal, Berenice (daughter of Salome), Bertha “Chippie” Hill, Berthe-Evelyne Agbo, Beryl Nashar, Bessie Tucker, Beth Rickey, Betty Harris, Betsy Love, Betti Mays, Bettina von Arnim, Betye Saar, Bhikaiji Cama, Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Blanche Thompson, Boakyewaa Glover, Buchi Emecheta, Bjork
C- Calpurnia, Calrice di Durisio, Camille Doncieux, Catherine Garrett, Catherine Helen Spence, Catherine Ndereba, Caecilia Attica, Cecile Pearl Witherington, Cecilia Fire Thunder, Chakaia Booker, Chandra Kalindi Roy-Henriksen, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Charlotte Delbo, Charlotte E. Ray, Chloe Dao, Chien-Shiung Wu, Christi Warner, Clara McBride Hale, Cleoma Falcon, Constance Calenda, Constance of Sicily, Corazon Aquino, Corrie Ten Boom, Cory Aquino, Cristina Kirchner
D/E/F- Dalia Mogahed, Delia Akeley, Delmira Agustini, Diana Raznovich, Diane Nash, Dihya (Kahina), Dilara Aliyeva, Djamila Bouhired, Dorotea Bucca, Dorothea Dix, Dorothy Day, Eartha M. M. White, Edda Gachukia, Edith Cowan, Elena Korosteleva, Elizabeth Hubbard, Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard, Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich, Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt, Elizabeth Cotten, Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez, Ella May Wiggins, Emperor Wu, Enid Lyons, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Ethel Smyth, Etsuko Sugimoto, Eunice Shriver, Evelyn “Pat” Foote, Faith Ringgold, Fanny Durack, Fanny Cochrane Smith, Fariba Nawa, Farida Bedwei, Fatema Akbari, Fatima Jibrell, Fauzia Gailani, Fawzia Koofi, Feng Yuan (Consort), Fenia Chertkoff de Repetto, Fidelia Fielding, Flannery O’Connor , Flora Brovina, Flora Nwapa, Florence Price , Forough Farrokhzad, Fu (Consort), Fu Mulan, Fulvia
G/H- Gabrielle Kirk Mcdonald, Gabrielle Weidner, Gail Laughlin, Gawhar Shad of Herat, Gawhar Khatun, Geena Rocero, Geneviève Bergeron, Georgiana Kathleen Symonette, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Germaine Tillion, Gina Din, Glaphyra, Glikl bas Juda Leib, Gisele Rabesahala, Gladwell Otieno, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Golda Meir, Grace Murray Hopper, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hanna Rovina, Harriet Bishop, Harriet Jane Hanson, Harriet Rice, Hawa Abdi, Hayat Sindi, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Rathjen, Helen Zia, Helen Kane, Herneith, Herrad of Landsberg, Hranush Arshagyan, Hulda Shipanga, Huo Chengjun (Empress)
I/J/K- Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa, Irom Chanu Sharmila, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Isabella d’Este, Jackie Forster, Jacobina Félicie, Jamila Afghani, Jan Ruff O’Herne, Jane Foss Barff, Jane Fonda, Janka Bryl, Jarena Lee, Jean Macnamara, Jelena Balšić of Zeta, Joanelle Romero, Johanna Benson, Josephine de Beauharnais, Judy Blume, Judy Chicago, Julia the Elder, Julia Gillard, Junko Tabei, Kelsey Leonard (Native American), Khadija Ahrari, Khema, Kholoud Faqih, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Kim Hak-sun, Krystyna Skarbek
L- Lady May (Namibia) Laldyada, Lady Saigō, Lady Triệu (Vietnam), Laura Bassi, Lena Horne, Leyla Mammadbeyova, Li Yinhe, Lillian Glinn (singer), Lise Børsum, Liu Huang A-tao, Lori Ann Piestewa, Lorna Simpson, Lubna Olayan, Lucie Aubrac, Lucinda Fowlkes, Lyudmila Pavlichenko
M- Madeleine Rees, Madina Gulgun, Malalai Joya, Mamie Smith, Mandane of Media, Mandukhai Khatun, Margaret Fuller, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, María Rosa Luna Henson, Martha Jefferson, Maria Winkelmann, Mariana Drăgescu, Mariam Ghani, Mariama Bâ, Marie-Louise-Taos Amrouche, Marie de Berry, Marie Van Brittan Brown, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie-Hélène Lefaucheux, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, Marie-Elise Gbedo, Marilou Awiakta, Marilyn Nance, Martha Karua, Marthe Cohn, Mary Greyeyes-Reid, Mary Ingraham (Bahamas), Mary Kenner, Mary Emily Sinclair, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Wallis, Marzia Basel, Maude Bonney, Maude Grieves, Mauri Lynn, Maya Ayim, Melisende of Jerusalem, Merit-Ptah, Michele Landsberg, Michelle McLean, Miles Franklin, Mina Wylie, Minnie Riperton, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Molly Glass, Mona Al Munajjed, Mu Sochua, Musine Kokalari
N/O/P- Naomi Klein, Naomi Lang (skater), Nawal Al Saadawi, Neithhotep, Nigar Shikhlinskaya, Ninon de Lenclos, Njeri Kabeberi, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, NoViolet Bulawayo, Njoki Ndun’gu, Nzinga Mbandi, Octavia the Younger, Olivia Murray Chapman, Orie Rogo Manduli, Pamela Jelimo, Park Yeon-mi, Paula Moderson-Becker, Pritilata Waddedar
R/S/T- Raja Ben Slama, Rani Hamid, Rebecca de Guarna, Rena Effendi, Renee Cox, Renee Stout, Rigoberta Menchú, Rita Banerji, Rosalie Loveling, Rose Mensah Kutin, Roya Mahboob, Ruby Bradley (Colonel), Ruth Nita Barrow, Ruth Etting, Sabina Yasmin, Sacheen Littlefeather, Safia Ahmed-jan, Sakina Akhundzadeh, Sakena Yacoobi, Samar Mezghani, Samia Al Amoudi, Shaimaa Sabagh, Sharon Sayles Belton, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sheryl Sandberg, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sippie Wallace, Sitara Achakzai, Song Sin-do, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Podolski, Soraya Salti, Souad Massi, Srpouhi Dussap, Suzanne Lilar, Suzanne LaFlesche Picotte, Suzanne Spaak, Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich, Tahmima Anam, Takyiwaah Manuh, Tawakkul Karman, Theresa Mortimer, Thomasia de Mattio, Trota of Salerno, Trotula di Ruggiero, Tsitsi Dangarembga
U/V/W/X/Y/Z- Umm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi, Urani Rumbo, Valentina Tereshkova, Valerie Maynard, Varina “Winnie” Davis, Victoria Spivey, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Virginie Loveling, Wafa Al Rimi, Wanda Gertz, Wang Huiwu, Winona LaDuke, Xu Pingjun, Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr, Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Zainab Salbi, Zee Edgell, Zhang Xinxin, Zhao Feiyan, Zhu Shuzhen, Zin Mar Aung, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya