TAM Moms as Fishwives written by Sherry Schlenke

TAM Moms as Fishwives written by Sherry Schlenke The Women's March on Versailles (1789) was one of the earliest and most significant events of the French Revolution. The march began among women in the marketplaces of Paris who were rioting over the high price and scarcity of bread. France was on the verge of a revolution; a disgruntled populace wanted to overthrow the powerful classes, including the monarchy.   These Fishwives were ordinary, working women, who were angry because their children were hungry and starving due to a grain shortage. The moms blamed the King and Queen of France. The fishwives ransacked the city armory for weapons and marched to the palace. The march sparked the Revolution that shifted the balance of power in favor of the common people, and eventually led to many reforms in French society. For centuries, women have been the force for societal change; women have led the demand for reforms in the fields of: mental illness, nursing, birth control, voting rights, equal pay and equal rights, child care, drinking and driving, and much much more.   The march of the fishwives is a metaphor for “The Addict’s Mom.” TAM is composed of angry, desperate moms, fighting to save their children. Barbara Theodosiou is our fearless leader; the moms of TAM are demanding reforms for our children who are suffering from the disease of addiction: reforms in societal attitudes, reforms in the legal system, and reforms in access to treatment.   We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you, Barbara, in the most important fight of our lives: that of saving our children and future generations from the devastating disease of addiction.   (Barbara is the lady in the front, turning to lead the moms, the lady in a beautiful dress and hat represents Queen Marie Antoinette)