In our first oral HERstory project we paired our long-time activists with young persons starting their own activist journey. We are proud to feature seasoned feminists – Bear Atwood (Vice-President, National NOW), Judy Buckman (President, South Jersey NOW), Alice Cohan (Political Director, Feminist Majority), Skip Drumm and Dr. Alan Gross (Middlesex County), Joanie Parks (Ocean County and Union County), Maretta Short (Former President, NOW New Jersey), and Susan Waldman (Morris County). Many thanks to our young feminists who conducted the interviews and authored the pieces – Lexi Abrams, Vishwa Bhatt (2019 NOW-NJ intern), Zhamilya Bilyalova, Annabelle Jin, Isha Mehrotra, Shree Mehrotra, and Katie Zimmermann (2020 NOW-NJ intern).

 coLAB Arts, in collaboration with New Jersey NOW presents “legacyNOW”, a digital celebration of InterGenerational. The project includes five digital performances based on these oral histories of second wave feminists from NOW-NJ. The commissioned artists include a diverse group of five New Jersey women playwrights: Karen Alvarado, Stephanie Bond, Aizzah Fatima, Angela Kariotis, and Antu Yacob. Starting October 22, 2020 these works will be available on the coLAB Arts website.

Alice Cohan

…he told her that there were just some things in life that she could not change. Aghast, Alice resolved to spend her life advocating for societal reform.

Bear Atwood

The 70s and 80s were a time of incredible transition and I feel very lucky that I was there to see it; on the other hand wish I hadn’t had to be on the forefront of it.

Joanie Parks

She understands that the movement can sometimes be difficult, but encourages young women to “just keep putting one foot forward at a time.”

Judy Buckman

I knew they were getting a non-feminist message in society and in school. I wanted them to have something that said – Yes, it’s okay to cry. Yes, it’s okay to have a doll. Yes, you don’t have to be perfect at sports.

Maretta Short

All my life I knew something was wrong. I was not being treated fairly.

Skip Drumm & Alan Gross

How has NOW impacted my life? I don’t know that platform is the right word, but it’s given me the basis to live my life. To live out my values. To be an activist. To do things that made a difference…

Susan Waldman

I think in my former life I was a black lesbian.