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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NKU to host regional showing of Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women

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Kentucky women and their achievements will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 6, when the public is invited to a free Northern Kentucky premiere of the film Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women at Northern Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall.

The hour-long documentary is presented by the Kentucky Commission on Women. The regional showing is hosted by the Northern Kentucky Forum and sponsored by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.

The documentary is the work of Lexington filmmaker Michael Breeding and showcases more than 40 women and their contributions to Kentucky.

Portions of the documentary were filmed before a live audience last December at NKU, including reflections by former governor Martha Layne Collins, who was Kentucky’s first and only woman to serve as governor. Ms. Collins plans to attend the NKU showing, and discuss the documentary with the audience afterward. NKU history professor Andrea Watkins will facilitate the discussion. Dr. Watkins is a contributor to the newly published Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times (The University of Georgia Press, 2015).

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a collaboration of Vision 2015, Legacy and NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. The Forum, which is nonpartisan, holds about ten events each year, each of them free and open to the public.

 “The Northern Kentucky Forum exists to learn more about public affairs in our state and region, and this film provides an important understanding of one very important aspect of Kentucky’s public affairs. That is, the long and sustained struggle of women to gain a voice,” said Carla Landon, the president of the Northern Kentucky Forum.

“The public should see this film. To understand today’s dialogues and debates about inclusion, it is important to know about the battles so many others fought to make advances in past.”

An informal reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside the George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall and precede the film’s showing. The film will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Digitorium, with the discussion to follow.

The event is free but seating is limited. RSVP at

Major funding for Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women was provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., The Gheens Foundation and Frontier Nursing University.

For more information, contact Mark Neikirk, at NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, 859-572-1449 or
Filmmaker Michael Breeding can be reached at 859-481-1201 or Visit his website at
Learn more about the Kentucky Commission on Women at
More about Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women
The hour-long, PBS-style documentary brings to the forefront the valuable contributions made by these women who pushed boundaries and left their signature on our state history. They have impacted science, literature, politics, arts, education, business, religion, athletics, entertainment and the military in Kentucky, but often, their stories are not heard alongside the familiar names most associated with our Commonwealth’s rich history.

The documentary will be provided to every middle and high school in the Commonwealth, as well as all public libraries in time for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

Highlighted in the documentary are such personalities as: 
Josephine Henry:  suffragette who led the charge for women’s rights
Martha Layne Collins: The first and only woman governor
Dr. Grace James: A pediatrician, she was the first African-American on staff at Louisville Children’s Hospital and on faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine
Verna Mae Slone: Appalachian author
Nettie Depp: Education pioneer and reformist
Victoria “Tori” Murden McClure: The first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first woman and first American to ski to the geographic South Pole. She is currently president of Spalding University.
Mae Street Kidd: African-American politician and businesswoman
Willa Beatrice Brown: African-American aviator
State Sen. Georgia Davis Powers: Civil rights icon who became the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate
Jennifer Lawrence: Academy Award-winning actor
Helen Thomas: A member of the White House press corps who covered the administrations of eleven U.S. presidents
Alice Dunnigan: An African-American news reporter and civil rights activist
Loretta Lynn: Country music singer/songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner
Rep. Katherine Gudger Langley: The first woman elected to Congress from Kentucky

More about the free Northern Kentucky showing
When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Where: Northern Kentucky University – Griffin Hall, 100 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky
Parking: Kenton Garage (rates apply)
RSVP:, click on RSVP under this event.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. – Griffin Hall Atrium
Film showing: 6:15 p.m. – George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium
Discussion: 7:15 p.m. – George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium

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