‘Good Time Girl,’ NIU alumna to visit Nov. 20

Marissa McGrath

Marissa McGrath

Women’s Studies and anthropology alumna Marissa McGrath (2006) will return to NIU to present “Demystified: Uncovering the Women Who Shaped Our Communities,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

During her presentation, McGrath will discuss her small business, Good Time Girls, which provides historical walking tours of Bellingham, Wash. This pioneer town boasted legally regulated prostitution for 90 years, inspiring Good Time Girls to create a tour to explore their community’s relationship with sex work.

To everyone’s surprise, it was a hit.

When Good Time Girls was founded in 2011, there were only two employees – McGrath and Sara Holodnick – and they offered only one themed tour during the summer. Now, Good Time Girls is a bonafide tourism company offering a range of subversive tours and intelligent nightlife to locals and visitors.

Good Time Girls tell a multitude of stories detailing the plight of the disenfranchised and have found that the most interesting narratives are often the most difficult to uncover.

During her talk, McGrath will discuss how to research similar stories in your own community and how to mold these tales into a narrative to be used in the creative medium of your choice. She also will discuss the challenges of re-writing history and engaging audiences with varied perspectives.

Good Time Girls logoMcGrath said she is excited to come back to campus and share how her experiences at NIU made Good Time Girls possible.

Her talk is sponsored by the NIU Women’s Studies Program, NIU Alumni Association, Women’s Rights Alliance, Department of Anthropology and University Libraries.

For more information, contact Rebekah Kohli at (815) 753-1038 or rkohli@niu.edu.

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