Frances Bridgeman

As Interviewed by Ellie Nichols, March 13, 2013
"It just blew my mind that I wasn't equal, and I couldn't do certain things."
Frances Bridgeman

Introductory Profile: About Frances Bridgeman

On the afternoon of March 13, 2013, I sat down with my grandmother, Frances Anne Bridgeman, to conduct an interview about the topic of social justice. She drove 12 hours down from her home in Kansas City, Missouri, just to participate in the interview. I spent 40 minutes in my dining room with her, as she spoke of her encounters with injustice against women, and what she did to help fight for equal rights for women in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

France's Bridgeman is slightly shorter than I am in her advanced age of 81, and has long, mostly brown hair that she wears in long braids. She wears large glasses, and favors blue shirts and straight-legged jeans. She loves animals, and she is a very friendly, wonderful, and loving person and grandmother. Ms. Bridgeman (neé Willis) was born on July 25, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up there, eventually attending the University of Missouri. She married her husband, Richard Bose Bridgeman (d. 2007) in 1955 and they had 3 children, John, Sharon and Margaret Bridgeman. She still lives in Kansas City today.

The interview overall went by very smoothly. As she is my grandmother, and I have known her all my life, the mood and tone of the interview was very friendly and laid back. It was a nice experience, as I heard things about my grandmother that I had never heard before; these things may have altered my viewpoints on her forever, but in a very positive way. Ms. Bridgeman was enthusiastic in the interview; she gave very in-depth answers, answering some of my questions even before I asked them.

Discussing the topic of feminism with someone who has had personal experiences with it has been a pleasure. I am now truly intrigued about women's rights, thanks to this interview. Ms. Bridgeman was a pleasure to work with, and I hope that her involvement in the fight for Women's Rights will not be forgotten by my family.