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, December 23, 2013

Healthy Families Act and MomsRising.org

On November 6, 2013, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro and Voices of Women of Color, hosted a discussion on the wider economic gender gap faced by minority women as compared to men and even their non-minority female counterparts. In identifying the greatest challenges minority women face in realizing economic equality, common threads were found that affected all women, and consequently all families.

Sandra Cahill, Associate Director of the University of Hartford's Women's Entrepreneurial Center, cited a major initiative that would provide immediate aid to overcome one of those challenges—paid sick leave. The number of women in jobs with non-paid sick leave made a tremendous impact on the health of families, loss of income and job status for individual women as well as impacting the general economy and community at large. MomsRising.org was cited as a resource for women and families in rallying support for the Healthy Families Act, which has the goal of creating a national standard for earned paid sick days.

Visit MomsRising.org to learn about the Healthy Families Act and how you can take action and help close the gender gap. In particular, consider signing the petition urging Congress to support the Healthy Families Act.

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