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, November 28, 2014


All that Black Friday consumerism got you down?

Check out Better By Half, a blog dedicated to sharing individuals and organizations working to create change for women and girls around the world. Created by Melinda Gates, Better by Half' runs on the principle that as half of the population, women, when empowered, have the capacity to make the world "twice as good." This credo is similar to that of  2011 Stowe Prize winners Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

The blog features articles on women and girls taking action around the world and even offers the opportunity for readers to contribute their own stories.

The lives and conditions of women around the world vary based on social and temporal context. How does a blog, like Better by Half, work to spread awareness on the rights and conditions of women? How can someone with the privileges of living in a developed nation, like Melinda Gates, work to empower women in developing countries? Does "empowerment" manifest differently in different contexts?  With so many different cultures and practices, can a global women's movement exist? And if so, how do we get there?   Let us know what you think!

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