The UNLADYLIKE2020 team is thrilled to announce that we have received a Media Planning Grant from Ohio Humanities, an organization committed to using grants and public humanities programs to create vibrant communities throughout Ohio. The Media Planning grant will support the research and impact partnerships behind films we’ll be making about three women with close ties to Ohio: actor Theda Bara, sculptor Evelyn Beatrice Longman, and activist and educator Mary Church Terrell. Below are brief bios on each of these incredible women:
Theda Bara (1890-1955) born Theodosia Goodman, began work on the New York stage under her own name before she was cast as a vampire seductress in her first film, “A Fool There Was,” in 1914. Bara’s magnetic performance made her an overnight success, and between 1915 and 1919, she starred in over forty films, becoming a major draw for audiences as well as for the criticism of censors. While a 1937 fire at the Fox Film vaults destroyed all but a handful of her movies, she endures as a cinematic icon.
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874-1954) at age 19 visited the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, where she was inspired to become a sculptor. She became the first American woman of her generation to establish a career in large-scale public sculpture and the first woman sculptor to become a full member of the National Academy of Design. She worked on parts of the Lincoln Memorial and created many memorials of her own, most famously the Spirit of Electricity for the AT&T Corporation headquarters in Manhattan.
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), daughter of former slaves and one of the first African American women to earn a college degree, became known as a national activist for civil rights and suffrage. In 1896 she helped found the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and was president from 1896 to 1901. In 1909 she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and led several important associations, including the National Association of Colored Women.