The Story of the "Broads"
Thirty-Nine Weeks ago a thought was voiced that received a resounding YES!
A team of seven women, some of whom were barely acquainted, formed. Holding space for each other through thoughtful listening while sharing our ideas, stories, tears, and laughter. The seeds of fear, anger,
and resistance were transformed into empowerment, healing, celebration, inclusion, connection, love, joy, and beauty. Broad Ideas is heeding the whisperings that no longer can be silenced.
Broad: /brôd/ adjective
1. covering a large number and wide scope of subjects or areas.
Broad: /brôd/ noun
Pre WWII slang for an independent, assertive/aggressive woman. Usually in show business, a broad is a singer, dancer, actor or business-woman who sings loud, parties hard and is often abrasive, sarcastic and in-your-face. A variation is the “classy broad” which implies she has either been born rich, snagged herself a sugar-daddy, or has succeeded on her own. Broads are generally moderately attractive or better, are never seen without their best dresses and perfect makeup, and know how to compete and win in a man’s world. In some pre-war Hollywood films, broads are portrayed as gangsters’ girlfriends or even their accomplices or gun molls but that was rarely the case in real life. Also in Hollywood films of the era, broads chewed gum incessantly and spoke with a thick, sarcastic New York accent. Often men who felt threatened by strong-willed, successful women would call them broads in a derogatory sense.
Broad Ideas is a show about empowerment and solidarity. It is about telling our stories and being in charge of the narrative. It is humor and love
and kindness and honesty brought to life by the arts.