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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Friday, August 8, 2014

"We Should All be Feminists"

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer of bestsellers like Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, has recently released an e-book entitled We Should All be Feminists. The book is based on her viral TEDx talk (Technology, Education, Design) of the same name. In the text, Adichie offers a definition for feminism in the 21st century, one that is predicated on awareness and inclusion for all.

In July, we facilitated a book talk on Americanah in which conversations included Adichie’s portrayal of gender and feminism in the text.

What do you think it means to be a feminist today? Why are some people reluctant to identify as feminists? What are ways in which the feminist movement of the past has failed to include all individuals? Do you identify as a feminist? Let us know in the comments!

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