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About We Did It For You! 

There was a time when women couldn’t have jobs and had no voting rights. Women were property passed from father to husband. High-school student Melanie must learn how things changed.


We Did It For You! is a quick tour through the journey that women have taken to get rights in the United States, starting with the struggle women had in the 17th century Puritan Revolution through to our 21st century empowered women politicians. The play focuses on the stories of just some of the women who believed they deserved more than being treated as minors and being extensions of men.

Mary Young Pickersgill - flagmaker

Mary Young Pickersgill - flagmaker

The few women portrayed in the play are not the whole story. Women have not only struggled to obtain their rights, they have made contributions that have been overlooked in many history books. In so many areas, women have been the first to accomplish things, have ideas, create inventions, and solve problems.

Our History

First produced by the Women's Journey Conference in Costa Mesa, CA in 2010, We Did It For You! went on to be showcased at conventions, organizations, schools, museums, and other venues throughout California. We developed the play-reading workshop version in 2011 and have been working with schools, colleges, and women's organization in many states since then. Many groups go on to do staged readings afterwards. In 2017, we formed a New England cast so that we can begin to bring this play to venues on the East Coast.

Just some testimonials

“The play is one of the most entertaining and interesting re-enactments of the history of women I have seen to date. It is so well put together that it easily captures the interests of all age groups-especially our younger generation ...who need to know where we have been in order to see the potential of where we can go when we work together!” - Amy Lance, California State University, Chico

“The performance was so outstanding and moving that I got goose bumps and cried." - Lilly Ledbetter, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first act of legislation signed by President Obama

The lessons learned here apply to both genders and all ages and can be applied to contemporary issues, making them as relevant today as they were 100 or more years ago. - Mitzi March Mogul, Vice President, Heritage Square Museum

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Pictured is Mary Young Pickersgill (1776-1857) -- businesswoman and maker of the flag that Francis Scott Key was looking at when he wrote the National Anthem.