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 2, 2015

#WomensHistoryMonth at the Stowe Center

As declared by the federal government in 1987, March marks Women's History Month. The honorary month stands to highlight the roles and contributions of women in the scope of American and world history.  

Women's History Month is an apt time to critically examine the systemic exclusion of certain identity groups, such as women and women of color, from social, political, and economic institutions. And as the Stowe Center seeks to connect past to the present, we plan to use Women's History Month as an opportunity to explore gender issues of the 21st century in a historical context.    

Join us on March 26th for "Women's Rights = Human Rights?", a Salon focused on the ways so called “women’s issues” can be championed by individuals of all-genders and can exist more broadly as human rights issues. The Salon will feature Carolyn Treiss, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Susan Campbell, writer, and Kyle Turner, University of Hartford student.

What does Women's History Month mean to you? Are you a feminist? What can we do to ensure individuals of all backgrounds and identities are included in the story of American history?

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