Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington tells the story of scrappy and smart Maine politician Margaret Chase Smith, who served as a role model for women aspiring to national politics. As the first woman to win election to both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, Smith cultivated a career as an independent and courageous legislator. A Republican, Senator Smith bravely denounced McCarthyism at a time when others feared speaking out would ruin their careers (http://history.house.gov/People/Detail/21866).
This short play will be followed by a panel discussion with State Senator Jeannie Darneille, Tacoma City Councilmember Lauren Walker Lee, Playwright Linda Britt, and University of Puget Sound Associate Professor of Politics and Government Robin Jacobson. They will address questions related to speaking truth to power, the role of women in politics, and the historical impact of the McCarthy era.