Jennie Reich Litzky, from Troop 2974 is wrapping up her Gold Award Project entitled “Girl Power” for which she created a video about influential women in history. She chose to highlight:
- Elizabeth Blackwell – The first American lady to get accepted into medical school and graduate top of her class with a medical degree.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton – The woman who started the Seneca Falls Convention, where women declared their rights, which helped the women’s suffrage movement in America start
- Joan of Arc – Dressed up as a man in order to get the King Charles of France his throne back
- Harriet Beecher Stowe – The author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a book that made the world more aware of the downsides of slavery, and raised a voice for women overall.
The women were acted out by various age groups; young girl scouts, high school students from a performing arts program in her high school, as well as adults. “The idea is that the adult, “present” time of each lady is sitting at a table for a tea party, and they each go around sharing their life stories. As each women speaks, you see their lives being acted out (played by high school students and younger girl scout). I arranged the video in this format so that it would be easy for the audience to see what each women’s life consisted of, instead of just having the women just talking about their lives,” explains Jennie.
Why this project?
“In all of my years in education, I feel that we have solely highlighted influential men in history, and what they have done for the world. I wanted to show the world that women have helped shape the world we live in today as well, even if it seemed like men have. I wanted to combine my love for writing, film/directing, and the fight for women’s rights into this project.
My goal for this is to educate people more about women. This video is especially valuable for young children, as they don’t the same resources as older people to research women, given that they are following a strict curriculum in school. I find it important that young children (as well as other people) grow up knowing that while men were doing stuff for the world, women were too. I hope that anyone who watches my video will feel inspired to further research women’s history.” – Jennie
What lessons were learned?
I learned many things from this project. Firstly, I of course gained a lot of knowledge about the four women that I focused on… I learned more about being responsible. Since I was simultaneously managing many things at once, like making props and costumes, writing and revising the script, coaching the actors, and corresponding with LMCTV (the place I filmed/worked with), I learned that I really had to communicate well…
I have also learned more about being courageous and putting myself out there. At one point, I couldn’t find any male actors for a scene, so I had to go out of my comfort zone and ask people I didn’t know if they would be interested in acting in my video. I am happy I did that, because people responded well!
I also learned about motivation, and I now understand more about self- motivation and how I need to push myself to get things done, in order to be successful. I learned that if I feel stuck, I shouldn’t just sit around waiting, I should keep going so I could make progress. At the same time, I also learned that it is okay and usually encouraged to ask others for help.
What’s next for Jennie?
This project reinforced my interested in writing and directing for film. I will definitely take classes surrounding these subjects in college!