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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Sunday, March 8, 2015


March 8th marks International Women's Day, an event celebrating the contributions of women worldwide, while also recognizing the need for women's rights and gender equality.


Harriet Beecher Stowe once said "Women are the real architects of society." What do you think that means? What can International Women's Day accomplish?

International Women's Day takes a global look at equality for women. Yet often times discussions of women's equality are formed from the perspective of white, Western, and heterosexual women. How can we thus create a gender equality and justice movement in which all voices are heard?

On March 26th at 5:00 pm, the Stowe Center will host "Women's Rights = Human Rights?" a Salon focused on issues of gender equality and the ways individuals of all genders can be champions of women's rights.  Join the discussion!

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