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  • Opening the Way
    Opening the Way is a walking tour celebrating women's history in downtown Manhattan. It is a multifaceted new project developed by the award-winning nonprofit organization Women's eNews. The walk honors the achievements of women such as Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells -- 21 women in all. This podcast features today's women's leaders as the voices of the historical figures we honor.

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  • Opening the Way Audio Tour
    The full "Opening the Way" audio tour includes contributions from contemporary women leaders, who read the actual words of their predecessors. The audio tour is narrated by Marlene Sanders and gives tourists the opportunity to take the walk on their own without a Women's eNews tour guide.

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  • Opening the Way -- The Women's eNews Women's History Walk
    Discover the rich history of women's influence in downtown Manhattan that traces the foundation of NYC on this 21-stop walking tour, developed by award-winning nonprofit news service Women's eNews, and celebrating women's contributions to our society. Researched and written by former New York Times editor Betsy Wade and historian James Boylan, the walk highlights pioneer writers, agitators, abolitionists, suffragists, and those we now call activists, as well as three heroes who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Feel the impact of their lives and absorb a sense of the world in which they worked and made themselves heard above the roar of the city. This podcast features contemporary women's leaders--such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Turner--as the voices of the historical figures on the walk.

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  • Introduction to Opening the Way
    “Opening the Way” brings together the little-known women’s history of the space between Chambers and Wall Streets in a walking tour of downtown Manhattan. Written by former New York Times editor Betsy Wade and founder of the Columbia Journalism Review James Boylan and sponsored by Women’s eNews, it honors 21 diverse women suffragists, abolitionists, journalists, and fierce thinkers who changed both New York City and the nation. It consists of guided, self-led, and interactive tours, multimedia add-ons, and more. This interactive component of the walk includes contemporary women leaders recording quotes of the historical women whose sites we visit. You can also listen to these recordings by dialing (917) 791-5004 and entering one of the 21 stops. For more information, please visit www.womensenews.org/OpeningtheWay. Thank you and enjoy!

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  • No. 7--Elizabeth Jennings

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  • Stop 01--Ruth Sulzbeger-Holmberg
    Ruth S. Holmberg was the editor of the Chattanooga Times in Tennessee for 28 years. She has also acted as director of the Associated Press and the New York Times Company. She is also a philanthropist and has been a trailblazer for women in leadership. In 1734, Anna Zenger took over the distribution of her husband's newspaper while he was in jail on charges of seditious libel. Here, Sulzberger reads one of the accounts that Anna Zenger carried out for him.

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  • Stop 03--Charlotte Cooper
    Charlotte Cooper joined Women’s eNews as director of marketing in October 2010 after first working as a volunteer for the organization. She was a co-founder and designer of the British feminist magazine Subtext and has designed and produced online and print materials for a range of other commercial and third sector clients. She has written for Women’s eNews, the F Word, the Feminist Press’s Under the Microscope, and a number of other publications. She is originally from England. Ms. Cooper reads in the voice of the only fictional character on our tour, based on Susanna Haswell Ronson’s English novel Charlotte Temple, a Tale of Truth.

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  • Stop 04--Reverend Violet Dease Lee
    The Rev. Violet Dease Lee is the assistant pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. She is the first and only woman to serve in this role and the first woman to preside over the ordinances in the church’s history of over 200 years. She has been with the Abyssinian Baptist Church since 1998. Prior to joining the church, she served in many social work capacities, contributing especially to the lives of men and women living with HIV/AIDS. She is currently also working towards her doctorate in religious education at Fordham University. Rev. Lee speaks in the voice of Sojourner Truth, in an excerpt of her autobiography discussing her name change.

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  • Stop 06--Gloria Jacobs
    Gloria Jacobs became the executive director of the Feminist Press after many years as the executive editor of Ms. Magazine. She is the co-author of Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex, and her articles have appeared in many publications including the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, Mother Jones, Working Mother and New York Woman. As a consultant for the United Nations, Jacobs edited and wrote several major reports on women around the world, particularly during times of war, conflict, and peace negotiations, as well as the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in developing countries. She has also been a board member and chair of several organizations. Ms. Jacobs records an excerpt from a speech by Ernestine Rose on the property rights of married women, given at the New York State Women’s Rights Convention in 1853.

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  • Stop 08--Sally Roesch Wagner
    Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York. She is a nationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and performer, and founded one of the country’s first university programs in women’s studies at California State University, Sacramento. She was one of the first women in the nation to receive a doctorate in women's studies, and has taught in the field for over forty years. Here, she reads a quote from Elizabeth Cady Stanton regarding women's suffrage.

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  • Stop 09--Lynn Sherr
    Lynn Sherr is an author and former broadcast journalist, best known for the 20 years she spent as a correspondent for ABC's 20/20. She was also a freelance host at WNET-TV in New York. She worked for the Associated Press, WCBS-TV, and has hosted many specials on PBS. She won the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Margaret Sanger Award twice for her strong coverage of reproductive rights and health care. She wrote a biography of Susan B. Anthony titled "Failure is Impossible," and here reads an excerpt in which Anthony talks about the importance of women's writing.

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  • Stop 10--Betsy Wade
    Betsy Wade was the first female copy editor at the New York Times, and worked there for 45 years. She was a named plaintiff and the highest woman in terms of rank in the successful landmark lawsuit against the Times for sexual discrimination in 1974. She was also twice elected President of the Local 3, Newspaper Guild, and is the author of Opening the Way, along with her husband Jim Boylan. Here she reads the Times' obituary of Maria "Midy" Morgan, a pioneer female reporter covering stockyards and horse auctions for the newspaper.

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  • Stop 11--Rita Henley Jensen
    Rita Henley Jensen is the founder and editor-in-chief of Women’s eNews, a nonprofit news service for issues of particular concern to women. Women’s eNews has won over 37 journalism awards, and Jensen herself has also won an armful of awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni award, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Jensen formerly worked for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. She was also a senior writer for the National Law Journal and a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate. She has testified before New York City Council on crisis pregnancy centers, and in front of Congress on immigration. Jensen is a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She reads a quote from Jenny June, a pioneer female journalist who worked as an editor at the New York World, as well as at multiple other newspapers.

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  • Stop 12--Kathleen Turner
    Kathleen Turner's first breakthrough role as an actress was in the 1981 film "Body Heat." Since then, she has starred in a variety of movies, including "Romancing the Stone," "The Virgin Suicides," and an Oscar-nominated role in "Peggy Sue Got Married." She is also the chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates, and has testified before Congress on issues pertaining to women's rights. She speaks here in the voice of Augusta Lewis, a union organizer who was once fired by Elizabeth Cady Stanton for trying to organize in her printing shop.

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  • Stop 13--Barbara Goldsmith
    Barbara Goldsmith is an author, historian, and philanthropist, and wrote a comprehensive biography of Victoria Woodhull titled "Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull." Her account received numerous honors from critics such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Here she records a powerful quote from her book, which emphasizes Woodhull's charisma, passion, and controversial ideas.

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  • Stop 14--Patricia Galloway
    Dr. Galloway is a civil engineer who became chief executive officer of Pegasus Global Holdings in 2008. Before holding this position, she worked at Nielsen-Wurster as its executive vice president and chief financial officer. In 2004, Dr. Galloway was elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers – the first woman to hold the position in the organization’s history. She was also appointed to the National Science Board in 2006, and has used this position to mentor girls interested in the sciences. Dr. Galloway earned her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University in 1978, received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in 1984, and obtained her doctorate from Kochi University of Technology in 2005. Here, she reads a quote from a one-woman play she created about Emily Warren Roebling, who finished construction on the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband got sick.

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  • Stop 15--Toni Reinhold
    Author, Reuters editor, and President of the Newswomen's Club of New York Toni Reinhold reads a chilling report from Nellie Bly's "Ten Days in a Mad-House." Reinhold began her career as a freelancer for the New York Daily News and radio stations WNBC and WHN while taking college classes at night, and remains an active pioneer for other female journalists. Journalist Nellie Bly is often best remembered for traveling around the world in less than 80 days to break Jules Verne's fictional record; but in this report, she exposes the harsh conditions of the insane asylum for women on Blackwell's Island.

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  • Stop 16--Carol Jenkins
    Carol Jenkins is a writer, producer, and Emmy award-winning former television anchor and correspondent. She spent 30 years with newspaper departments throughout New York City, hosted her own talk show, and is also president of the Women’s Media Center. She speaks here in the voice of Ida B. Wells, a former slave who fled to New York City after her newspaper "Free Speech" -- which exposed lynchings in her hometown of Memphis -- was destroyed by a mob.

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  • Stop 17--Kirstin Downey
    Kirstin Downey is an award-winning journalist and the author of a biography on Frances Perkins, called "The Woman Behind the New Deal." Downey wrote for the Washington Post from 1988-1998, covering business and the economy. Frances Perkins was the Secretary of Labor for the 12 years of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. Here, Downey reads a quote from Perkins, in which she views the infamous 1911 Triangle Fire in New York City.

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  • Stop 18--Anna Quindlen
    Anna Quindlen was a columnist for the New York Times from 1981 to 1994, becoming only the third woman in the paper's history to write a regular column for its powerful Op-Ed page. In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She left newspapers in 1995 to become a full-time novelist, and was the first writer ever to have books appear in the fiction, non-fiction, and self-help New York Times Bestseller lists. In this recording, Quindlen reads an excerpt from Emma Bugbee, who worked for the New York Herald Tribune for over 50 years. This piece is about the December 1912 suffragist march from New York City to Albany.

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  • Stop 19--Gloria Steinem
    Gloria Steinem came to national eminence as an activist and organizer during the second wave of the women's rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. She has also contributed to a number of other social justice movements and causes, and to this day speaks in America and around the world on issues of equality. She is the author of several books and co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972. She has been featured in or contributed to an extensive number of magazines, newspapers, textbooks, television shows, and documentaries. Ms. Steinem speaks as the voice of Margaret Sanger, who was indicted in 1914 for intending to distribute information on birth control through the mail.

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  • Stop 20--Grace Glueck
    Grace Glueck is a former art news editor of the New York Times, and the author of "New York: The Painted City" and "Brooklyn: People and Places, Past and Present." She reads here a quote from Louise Nevelson, a sculptor whose works are now being restored to create Louise Nevelson Plaza in downtown Manhattan. Nevelson was born in Russia in 1899, but came to New York in 1920, and fell in love with the city.

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  • Stop 21--Brenda Berkman
    Brenda Berkman spent 25 years as a firefighter and fire officer for the New York City Fire Department. She was one of the first women to be accepted into the FDNY, after suing the city with several other women in the 1970s in order to be allowed to join. She was promoted to captain in 2002, and retired in 2006 to pursue art. Captain Berkman was one of the first on the scene of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. This excerpt is from a speech she gave shortly afterward in November, at the National Women's Law Center's 2001 Awards Dinner.

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