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Erma Bombeck and the ERA
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While urging states to ratify the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), Erma Bombeck said during one of her speeches, “We’ve got to get sex out of the gutter and back into the Constitution where it belongs.” The ERA was Bombeck’s principal push for the progression of equality between men and women. It was first introduced by feminist Alice Paul in 1923, three years after the 19th amendment was ratified. Some believe that the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee the protection of everyone’s rights. The ERA would provide clarity for the judicial standards of various issues and would allow for an easier process in defending one’s rights. It would ensure equal justice for all citizens, regardless of gender.



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The Feminine Mystique Through Erma Bombeck's Lens
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“It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction… Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night—she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—‘is this all?’” – Opening passages of The Feminine Mystique



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Play Team: Take an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes
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In 1992, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park introduced the Play Team program, which was designed to give deeper insight into the theatre’s development of its own productions. Play Team members could peek behind the curtain for an exclusive look at the process of taking a story from the script to the stage. Since then, theatre lovers and supporters of the arts have had the opportunity to experience that creative journey firsthand every single season.



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Erma Bombeck Reading List
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Did you leave Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End laughing, reminiscing on your own household comedy hours or feeling an urge to fight for the Equal Rights Amendment? We’ve compiled a list of books in case you’re still wanting more daily life amusement, or if you’re curious about the feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.



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Help Us Bring Masterful Performances to the Stage with a Sponsorship!
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Interested in more information? Want to tailor a unique sponsorship experience? Contact Vickie Ellis at (513) 977-2022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! Learn more about other ways to give....

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Socrates of the Ironing Board
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Playwrights Allison Engel and Margaret Engel discuss their journalism, research and collaboration for one-woman shows Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins and Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.



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