Celebration Quotation – March 25, 2016

Today’s quote is from Hamlet:

"What a piece of work is a man!" Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2

As this is Women’s History Month, we’ve chosen this image of another female Hamlet: Bessie Hatton does not have a Wikipedia page, but from what we uncovered on other websites, she should.  The daughter of writer Joseph Hatton, she began her career on the stage in 1887, but later gave up the stage to become an author herself.  Hatton was heavily involved in the women’s suffrage movement in Britain – in 1908, along with actress/writer Cicely Hamilton, she founded the Women Writers Suffrage League, an organization that produced literature and plays to forward the cause of voter equality for women.  It’s unsurprising, then, that as an actress, Hatton would not be afraid to take on the role of Hamlet.

What a piece of work is a man – or a woman!

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection