On Staten Island in 1916, pilot Leda Richberg-Hornsby and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) attempted a unique women’s suffrage demonstration. Piloting a bi-plane with a cargo of votes-for-women petitions, and a huge banner reading "Women want liberty too," Leda set out to fly over New York Harbor, "bombing" President Woodrow Wilson with petitions as he attended a national celebration at the Statue of Liberty. The elaborate plan was a fiasco as gale force winds necessitated a crash-landing in a Staten Island swamp (with no casualties!) – yet the attempt stands as a testimony to the courage, inventiveness, and dramatic flair of these women in their struggle for suffrage.
Music and libretto by Max Caplan; commissioned and produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Director. More information, participant bios, and additional Researching New York public events are available at www.nystatehistory.org