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Pick a Leaf: empowering girls to change the world

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Published on Jul 6, 2015

A ten minute play created from Kathleen Buckstaff's book Get Savvy: Letters to a Teenage Girl about Sex and Love. Based on a true story. Two women meet in San Francisco and talk. One is 25 and from Uganda. The other is almost 50 and from California. Both are working to empower girls. They discover they share the same purpose and the same wound.

"Political theater in its most sensitive and compelling form ~ a call to action to decry the abuses of girls as voiced by two women of different cultures" Herbert Paine Broadway World Review

This play is based on a true story. The playwright attributed two quotes to Harriet that were originally said by two other women from Africa at the Let Girls Lead Event in San Francisco on March 18, 2015. Harriet said the rest of her quotes about her work and shared with the playwright the pick a leaf metaphor. A woman named Memory Banda said, “We have the power to change everything around us. To get our voices out. A lot of girls still need our protection. I’m visiting with these girls, and I take them to the light to explore choices in life so they can be what they want to be. Girls need that love.” A woman named Joyce Mkandawire said, “The definition of a good girl is when she stays silent even when she knows her rights are being violated.” Harriet’s full name is Harriet Kamashanyu.

This play is taken from a chapter in a book called Get Savvy, that will be published in 2017 by Kathleen Buckstaff.

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