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Japan 1908

    Japan 1908

    Clarence James Gamble was just fourteen years old when he, his seventeen-year-old brother Sidney, and his parents, David and Mary Gamble visited Japan for ten weeks in 1908. Clarence kept a journal of the trip, while both young men took many, many photos, a hundred and twenty of which, along with Clarence's journal, comprise this book, giving us a glimpse of a Japan now lost, but one seen by the Gambles in 1908.

Margaret Sanger: Her Life in Her Words

    Margaret Sanger: Her Life in Her Words

    This book includes Sanger's writings on marriage and children, the labor movement, socialism, prison reform, pacifism, eugenics, and sex education. The documents illustrate Sanger's impact on these issues, the development of the struggle between the working class and middle class, and the clash between conservative mores and the freethinking women that have shaped today's society. It features the original articles Nothing and What Every Girl Should Know from The New York Call which sparked the ongoing struggle for women's reproductive freedom.

Hurrah for Woman Suffrage!

    Hurrah for Woman Suffrage!

    Lyrics and a short history of the songs sung during the American Woman Suffrage Movement, including a forty-minute CD with the songs sung by the Homespun Singers.

The Sentence as Structure

    The Sentence as Structure

    Understanding how the reader reads enables the write to write for the reader. And this entails structuring your sentences in a way that the reader will most easily apprehend your meaning.

A Bear with One Hair On a Stair With No Chair

    A Bear with One Hair On a Stair With No Chair



MIRIAM REED has always considered the message as important as the medium, and in 1994, she co-founded with Adilah Barnes The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, which in its first year ran for four days at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and under Adilah Barnes is ongoing in 2013, celebrating twenty years of success. In 1998, Miriam Reed founded the Los Angeles Celebrate Women Free Theatre Festival, which ran for three years, bringing to local libraries, theatres, and bookstores free performances celebrating the power of women. Also in support of feminist activity, Reed performed in and produced Hurrah for Woman Suffrage!, a forty-minute CD of songs from the American Woman Suffrage Movement 1848-1920, available at Amazon.com.

As a SAG and AFTRA actress, Miriam Reed appeared in numerous commercials, as Edna in Graem Clifford's Deception with Andie McDowell, and in a recurring role in General Hospital. In 1984, she appeared as Annie in the West Coast premier of Foxfire at Hartnell College Western Stage, Salinas, California.

Reed's most important dramatic work is the writing and performing of a series of one-woman performances that celebrate remarkable women: Mrs. Stanton & Susan, drawn from the letters and writings of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, costumed by Sylvia Moss and directed by Michael Hackett; Louisa May Alcott: Living Little Women, which played on the Heartland Chautauqua; Oscar Wilde's Women, first presented by the University of Bologna, Italy; Talking Abortion, first presented in reading at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in 2002. Of especial importance is her ninety-minute performance of the birth control pioneer and founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel.

Among the many school and universities at which Miriam Reed has appeared in performance are University of California at Los Angeles, Davis, Santa Barbara, and Berkeley; Southern Methodist University, California Lutheran University, Merrimack College, Univerity of Oklahoma, University of Houston, University of Arkansas; Women's Center, Stanford University, along with performances for Planned Parenthood, Older Women's League, Pasadena Historical Society, American Association of University Women, League of Women' Voters, and Women's Equity Action League in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 1, 2002, Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel, was presented by Culture in Motion of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC.

Miriam Reed received her Ph.D. in dramatic literature from University of California, Los Angeles in 1980, where she taught composition rhetoric and oral presentation skills. In 2003, her volume of Sanger's selected short writings prefaced and introduced by Reed's extensive biographical introductions, was published by Barricade Books. Margaret Sanger: Her Life in Her Words, began shipping on July 28, 2003.

Find Me On


Yale University/British American Drama Academy Midsummer in Oxford Program

Yale University at Oxford, England - 1992


Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA - 1980

English, German, and French Nineteenth-Century Dramatic Literature.


William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA - 1978-79

Graduate Abroad Program

UCLA at Goettingen, West Germany - 1975-76


Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA - 1974

Twentieth-Century English and German Dramatic Literature.

B.A. Independent Major

Language in the Performing Arts, UCLA - 1971

Teaching Experience

Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, UCLA

VISITING LECTURER - 1998 to 2002

Technical Writing and Oral Presentation for the Engineer; English Composition.

Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California

INSTRUCTOR - 1991 to 1997

English Department: English Composition.

California State University, Northridge


English Department: Major English Writers.

California State University, Northridge


Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles. English Composition.


VISITING LECTURER - 1980 to 1982

Department of English: English Composition.


Talking Abortion


Forty-minute one-woman portrayal of individual women who discuss abortion. Presented at 2002 National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Oscar Wilde’s Women


Forty-minute dramatic reading with historical slides from William Andrew Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Presented by University of Bologna, Italy, at 2001 International Oscar Wilde Conference.

Hurrah for Woman Suffrage!


Songs from the Woman Suffrage Movement 1840-1920. Engineered by Studio Obscura, Studio City, California. Cassette/CD with introduction and songbook.

Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel


Ninety-minute one-woman play in two acts. Costumed by Sylvia Moss, directed by Elaine Moe. First presented at Masquer’s Cabaret Theatre, Los Angeles. Presented on December 1, 2002, by National Portrait Gallery of Smithsonian Institute at Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC.

Louisa May Alcott: Living Little Women


Forty-minute one-woman play. Costumed by Sylvia Moss, directed by Andy Griggs. Presented on Heartland Chautauqua, Missouri.

Mrs. Stanton and Susan


Two forty-minute plays drawn from the writings of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Costumed by Sylvia Moss, directed by Michael Hackett. First presented at University of California, Santa Barbara. Available on cassette and CD.



July 7, 2001

You're in for a treat! When you are planning a celebration for Women's History Month, or contemplating other ways to honor the important work of women, I urge you to consider inviting Miriam Reed to perform. She offers several different dramatic presentations, and we asked her to do "Radiant Rebel" -- featuring her interpretation of the life and work of Margaret Sanger. This was wonderful ! Students told me they had no idea of all that Sanger went through to achieve her goals (even though we had read about this in class). The in-character portrayal did more than the essays to convey that sense of really understanding the life and work of this important American figure.

Students also appreciated the attention to historical detail in Miriam Reed's portrayal and her personal warmth outside the performance as well. I highly recommend this performance for any women's studies/gender studies program. You might consider a collaboration with a school of nursing or medical school if you decide on "Radiant Rebel." These students would certainly profit from understanding the historical difficulties faced by medical professionals in earlier years. Reed's performance is history brought to life in a powerful way!

Rosemary F. Powers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies



Radiant Rebel: Miriam Reed did an outstanding job on her performance of Margaret Sanger. I honestly did not know too much about Margaret Sanger and after watching the performance I have a whole new respect for her. I valued all the small details that Reed acted out. From the dress, to the way she sat and talked, to the kind of argument that she used. She brought the audience back into time. She picked me up and brought me to the court room with her, to hear her plea. I felt that I was part of the performance. I know that I had a completely different view and understood her tactics more than the judge and jury would have back then, but I still felt as if I was there with her. Reed's movements really caught my eye. She made it a point that when she sat on the desk or even in a chair that she raised her legs to be outstretched in front of her.... I liked that she did that because it brought my way of thinking back to those times as well. The nylons put me in that state of mind tool. In today's society you rarely, if ever, see a women [sic] sit like they way that she did. Though I am sure that it is safe to say that we have all seen movies from years ago and have seen women talk on the phone and to others and sit just like that Reed's performance was detailed and precise. It made me a bit sad to sit and listen to everything that Margaret Sanger had to go through. In the big picture, all she was doing was trying to make life a little more enjoyable for women. But in doing this she was to bring change into the lives of everyone. She was going to give woman a voice. I believe that this was one of the most significant reasons that it scared many people. Women had never been given the opportunity to have a choice in reproduction, and the sad fact is that women were having too many children and harming themselves in the process. Sanger gave these women a safer life. Sanger has been ridiculed for the progress that she made, but after learning more about her, I believe that we should rejoice her.

Oregon Eastern University Student


November 16, 2000

Dear Dr. Reed:
On behalf of the planning committee, I would like to thank you for performance of "Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel" during the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals' (ARHP) annual meeting, Reproductive Healtah 2000. Your presentation was certainly the highlight of our networking reception. The meeting participants, many of who work at Planned Parenthood clinics around the nation, were delighted to see the history of their work come to life on stage. Thank you again for participating so effectively at our annual meeting. You played a major role in Making it an outstanding event.

Amy M. Swann
Director of Education, ARHP


March 28, 2000

Dear Friends:
We have been very pleased for the opportunity to hold several wonderful events for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington donors and volunteers featuring Miriam Reed's one-woman play "Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel." Ms. Reed's portrayal of Margaret Sanger is engaging and inspiring. She gives an excellent sense of the early struggles and issues that led Margaret Sanger to take up the cause of reproductive freedom and access to birth control. This historically accurate play gives audiences an excellent understanding of both the period as well as the brilliance and compassion of Margaret Sanger. And gives historical meaning to the work we do today. I encourage other organizations and universities to avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Margaret Sanger.

With warm regards,
Jatrice Martel Gaiter
President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc.


November 9, 1999

Office of the President
Dear Ms. Reed:
Reflecting upon your interpretive presentation of Margaret Sanger at our University last year, I continue to be moved by your gripping portrayal of a courageous and determined woman. Your presentation blended the facets of entertaining theatre with historically accurate education to paint a picture of Margaret Sanger and her times. You have made the challenges of her life tremendously vivid. You have also marked the distance we have come on women's rights and show the similarity of the struggle that so many ambitious women still must go through when breaking new ground. Your great acting of the Margaret Sanger role highlights her significant accomplishments and contributions to our century.

Christopher N. Breiseth
Past President, Wilkes University


October 18, 2000

Dear Miriam:
I continue to hear from students, faculty, and staff how much they enjoyed your performance, and how much it made them think. As you know, the Women's Studies Committee was delighted (overwhelmed, even!) with the audience of about 100 people. Your performance of Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel was among the most successful events we have had in recent years.We are especially grateful to you for your two classroom appearances during your two days with us. Thursday, October 5 must have been a very long day for you, but you touched many, many people who will long remember you and your message. On a personal note, I found your description (in your role as Margaret Sanger) of why you advocate knowledge and accessto birth control compelling and extremely moving. As you know, access to birth control and to abortion in Nebraska is an ongoing battle.

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
Interim Director Women's Studies, UNO




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