Rebecca Now has had an eclectic career as a department store executive, shop owner, business entrepreneur, and community advocate. She is also an award-winning Toastmasters International Speaker. At one of the Toastmasters meetings, Rebecca gave Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s historical speech from the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. Something clicked from that experience, and ultimately, she became a reenactor who shared Elizabeth’s vision for achieving equality for women.
Rebecca’s mission is to educate people about the 50-year journey that Elizabeth and other women from the 19th Century took to advocate for women’s equality and the right to vote. In addition to speaking, she has spearheaded and participated in numerous events that focus on the advancement of women. She now inspires the women of today to make a greater impact on the world, not only through her performances, but also through her podcasts and blog. Rebecca is working on a book Borrowed Courage, a personal reflection about the experience of discovering a person from history to reenact.
A Powerful Trio
Rebecca recognized that many dedicated women were responsible for advancing women’s rights. Like Elizabeth, she wanted to expand her reach by collaborating with women who are champions for the cause. She found Sojourner Truth in Tia Adkins, an ordained minister in Divine Science, and Susan B. Anthony in Jenny Grace Morris, a voice actor and clarity coach. They have reenacted their roles as a trio that is passionate about sharing women’s rights history. The three performers are also subject matter experts on these historical characters and the time that they lived in.
I had the honor of photographing this lively trio at The Hawken House Museum in Webster Groves, Missouri. It was an ideal setting for their vintage portraits.
Voices of American HERstory
Rebecca, Tia, and Jenny launched Voices of American HERstory (VOAH) in 2022. This educational arts project was created to educate and enlighten new audiences with performances, interactive discussion, and inspiring stories about women. They honor some of the monumental women who were instrumental in the early days of women’s suffrage through film and live performances.
VOAH shines a light on women doing great things in our cities and communities through their historical reenactments. By delivering the actual speeches of the 19th century suffragists, the innovative reenactors bring history alive and recreate this critical time in the women’s rights movement.
To learn more about their story, go to the Voices of American HERstory website.
“Our struggle shall be hard and long but our triumphs shall be complete and forever.”
“We are sowing winter wheat . . .others hands will reap and enjoy!”– Elizabeth Cady Stanton