WOMEN IN HISTORY - ACTRESS PROFILE - GEORGIA "JO" SWANSON
Georgia “Jo” Swanson has recently joined Women in History; however she has been portraying historical women since 1984. Stimulated by her academic interest in women public speakers, Jo wanted to bring history alive for her students at Baldwin-Wallace College and local church groups. Jo thinks that because the history books have omitted many women’s contributions, few of us recognize their role in shaping this country. “Unless you were connected to some male who was famous, women have been relegated to the foot notes of the texts. In fact, until the last century if a woman spoke publicly to men, that audience was labeled licentious. To be called a “strong” woman was considered a slur.” Whichever woman she is playing, Jo likes that woman the best especially when the audience members are stimulated to ask questions.
Jo holds a BA from Baldwin-Wallace, an MA from Kent State, and Ph.D. from Bowling Green all in communication studies. She has conducted training programs and presented speeches for over 40 years to business and civic groups throughout Ohio. In 1993 she taught as a visiting lecturer in England where she brought Annie Oakley to life for Edgehill College near Liverpool. When presenting academic papers at national communication conferences, Jo often selected topics that focused on women. Teaching several Elderhostel programs concerning women helped with research which she is currently using to teach in the B-W Learning in Retirement series of classes given in Berea. “After forty years of a variety in teaching materials, now I can concentrate on the lives of Women in History.”
Figures Portrayed By Georgia "Jo" Swanson