Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Monday, September 2, 2013

President Kennedy passes out pens on June 10, 1963, after signing the Equal Pay Act.
June marked the 50th anniversary of The Equal Pay Act signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. While much has been done in the past half century to increase fairness between men and women in the work place, we have not yet reached equality.

On this Labor Day, listen to NPR's
50 Years After The Equal Pay Act, Gender Wage Gap Endures. The story considers not the pay differences based just on gender, but discrimination towards mothers.
The number of pregnancy and maternity discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has steadily increased since the late 1990s.
Today, in an effort to make wage differences transparent, the Obama administration is working to get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed. You can take action by learning more about the act on the National Organization for Women website and tracking the bill on GovTrack.us.

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