A Vote of Her Own

A Vote of Her Own

It is often surprising to think about the fact that women in America earned the right to vote only a mere 100 years ago with the passage of the 19 Amendment.

“There is an erroneous assumption that Congress gave the vote to women. It was not a gift. It took the lifetimes and fortunes of many dedicated individuals to change this country’s mind and change the constitution,” Abbey Milton, president of Tennessee League of Women Voters, 1920,
A Vote of Her Own, Act I scene II.

"A Vote of Her Own", a new old-fashioned American musical, celebrates 100 years of voting rights for American Women by embracing the story of the crucial last state campaign, that passed by the narrowest of margins in the Tennessee State Legislature, that very hot summer of 1920.

Full of political intrigue and American grit, “A Vote of Her Own” follows the story of “The bitterest bare-fisted name-calling and back-biting session in the state’s history.” - Nashville Newspaperman Joe Hatcher, remembering the ratification battle in the Tennessee Legislature.

My name is Candace Anderson Corrigan. I am the producer as well as one of the songwriters of “A Vote of Her Own”. In this troubled time of racial strife and pandemic in the United States, this musical gives us the opportunity to look back at the unusual, yet inspiring alliance between African American women and white women involved in the world of elite politics.

“When we have the vote, what will Negro women do?
We will lift up our community, the same as you.
Standing ready for the ballot, and the problems it will heal,
We are only asking for a square deal”
Act 1 Scene V - Frankie Pierce sings A Square Deal

Woven throughout the show will be vintage suffrage songs as well as original ballads written from historical letters, speeches, and memoirs of the exceptional women who were part of the movement. The script also features a ragtime band, and a gospel choir bringing to life the emotions of the times.

“A Vote of Her Own” is sponsored by American Entertainment Works, Inc, a 501 c3 not-for-profit dedicated to theatrical, musical, and historical works of impact. Their mission is creating entertainment arts that enrich, enlighten, educate and inspire, and together, with your support, it is our goal to make these works accessible to everyone.

Your donations will allow us to continue production of “A Vote of Her Own” in order to bring it to the general public at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville Tennessee, though developments in the pandemic may delay the debut. We will also be filming the production and making the video and curriculum guides available to all schools so that it may serve as a lasting educational and artistic resource.

100% of your generous donations will go directly to the following:
Set Production
Costume Design & Production
Actors & Musicians
Video Crew & Editing
Curriculum Guide for school-aged children

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous donations and ask that you please share our campaign with your family, friends, and coworkers so that together, we can create and perform a thought-provoking musical, full of artistry, grace, and humor that will educate and inspire audiences for years to come.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.avoteofherown.com/
A Vote of Her Own


Candace Corrigan
Nashville-Davidson, TN
American Entertainment Works Inc
Registered nonprofit
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