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Elaine Bernstein Partnow presents...

SHEroes! Living History Portrayals of Notable Women

Elaine Partnow has been offering living history portraits of notable women longer than almost any one else around.  To date, she’s presented at more than 500 venues, from New Orleans to Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, to London, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Wuxi, China!  Over 50,000 people have enjoyed her humorous and memorable performances that serve to both inform and entertain.

She has performed for elementary schools , high schools, universities, libraries, civic  organizations, professional associations, nursing homes, military bases, festivals and institutes.

Over the years Elaine has earned sponsorship by myriad foundations, including the Southeastern Disciplinary Foundation (a special coalition of the Rockefeller and the National Endowment for the Arts), the Inquiring Mind Series for the Washington Commission for the Humanities, the King County Arts Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission, Young Audiences of Oregon, Young Audiences of Louisiana, the Lousiana Division of the Arts, and the Louisiana Commission for the Humanities and Very Special Arts of Florida.

In her SHEroes series, six to eight monologues are included in each program. Each woman portrayed is given a brief informal introduction that places her in an historical perspective. All living history programs include some costuming and props, to add theatrical flair, and are conducive to audience discussion.  Presenters may use the following selections, or pick the women they want for a customized program.

American Sheroes  

Organizations may make their own selections from among a sizeable list of notable women, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, Mae West, Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Golda Meir, and others.

Hispanic Sheroes

Notable Hispanic women from the world over, including Dolores Huerta, Gabriela Mistral, Saint Teresa of Avila, Dolores Ibarruri, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, and others.

Jewish Sheroes

Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Sopie Tucker, Rosalyn Yallow, Hannah Senesch, Henrietta Szold, more…

Literary Sheroes

Ursula K. Le Guin,  Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, Rachel Carson, Gertrude Stein, Louise Labe, Erica Jong, Murasaki Shikibu, Emily Dickinson, more...

Healing Sheroes

Clara Barton, Margaret Sanger, Florence Nightingale, Sister Kenny, Wilma Scott Heide, Alberta Hunter, and others.

Show Biz Sheroes

Phyllis Diller, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Uta Hagen, Lotus Weinstock, Dorothy Fields, Sophie Tucker, and others.

Sheroes of Diversity

Sojourner Truth, Florynce Kennedy, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dolores Ibarruri, So Juana Indez de la Cruz, Murasaki Shikibu, and others.

Funny Jewish Sheroes

Comediennes Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Roseanne Barr, Rita Rudner, Totie Fields, and  Lotus Weinstock; writers Grace Paley, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and more.

Elaine also offers two one-person living history presentations:

I’m Nobody, A Visit With Emily Dickinson

A unique interaction with the poet, who engages the assembly in a lively discourse on several of her better-known poems, including her famous riddle poems, and answers questions about her quiet life in Amherst, Massachusetts.  

A Lovely Light, A Visit with Edna St. Vincent Millay

Interact with the dynamic poet as she regales the assembly with tales of her glamorous life in Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, sprinkling several of her better-known poems amidst her stories, including the famed “Renascence” and several of her best sonnets.


Elaine has also written a one-woman play, which has been produced in several cities. With lighting cues and musical transitions, it is a full-scale production, available under special arrangement.

Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection

A ninety-minute, two act play presenting a vast array of women from around the world in a memorable, informative and entertaining context, with music, an imaginative stage setting, and costumes.

Download a free demo tape of three of Elaine’s living history portraits: see Sojourner Truth, Golda Meir, and Eleanor Roosevelt.