DMH Spotlight - Grace Paley and Maya Angelou and the Women's Pentagon Action Back

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Grace Paley (December 11, 1922 – August 22, 2007) was an American short story writer, poet and political activist, whose work won a number of awards. Paley wrote the "Unity Statement" for the action. Diana Mara Henry photographed her at the preliminary huddles for the Women's Pentagon Action, 1980.

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These puppets are by Amy Trompetter of

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As John Bell of Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry writes:

"These puppets were built by Amy Trompetter for the Women's Pentagon Action in 1980.

In my article "Grace Paley's Political Arts" (Contemporary Women's Writing 3:2, December 2009, page 186)

I quote from Barbara Epstein's account of the action:

"As the women approached the Pentagon they were joined by drummers and by four women carrying large puppets in the form of women, each symbolizing a different stage of the demonstration: one was in black, for mourning; another figure in red, for rage; a third was yellow, for empowerment; and the fourth puppet, in white, symbolized defiance."

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A different story: Maya Angelou was ever so kind.                                                                        Email us            Now, here is a selection of ephemera DMH preserved from the event:   

            

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Bella Abzug and Nancy Rudolph marching togther through Arlington National Cememtery to the Women's Pentagon Action, November 17, 1980


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