Ohio Chautauqua's Modern Legends tour will showcase its third performer on Thursday night under the big red and white tent located at the City Park.
On Thursday night, June 14, at 7:30 PM, scholar Sally Ann Drucker will present an in-character performance as Betty Friedan, writer, activist, and feminist.
Live music performed by the Ariel Singers will began at 6:30 PM.
In the event of inclement weather, this performance will be held in the historic Ariel Opera House at 426 Second Avenue.
Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 -- February 4, 2006) was a leading figure in the women's movement in the United States. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men." Regarded as an influential author and intellectual in the United States, Friedan remained active in politics and advocacy for the rest of her life, authoring six books.
Sally Ann Drucker is an English professor at Nassau Community College. She has been performing in Chautauquas around the country since 1993 and has worked with a Chautauqua training program in New York. She has performed characters ranging from Emma Goldman to Lucrezia Borgia.
Ohio Chautauqua is presented by the Ohio Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.