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, March 9, 2015

#NoCeilings Report Indicates We're #NotThere Yet

Early this morning, the Clinton Foundation released the "Full Participation Report", an empirical study on the status of gender equality worldwide. The report is a product of  "No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project", an initiative of the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at eliminating gender based inequities in health care, education, the workplace, and the media.   

The report concluded that though there has been "no better time to be born a girl," most countries are still "not there" when it comes to full gender equality across the globe.    

The report features both empirical statistics and personal stories of girls and women facing gender discrimination and inequities. What do you think compels people to act more- stats or stories? Harriet Beecher Stowe was a proponent of the emotional, sentimental story and used the characters of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and Harry to connect with and galvanize readers to support abolitionism. Though in recent years "big data" has dominated in political, activist, and academic circles. So what do you think? Will this report be effective?

Explore the report and let us know what you learned!

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