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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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#SalonsatStowe Recap: Ways to Get Involved and Continue the Conversation

Women's Rights = Human Rights?

Last Thursday, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center presented "Women's Rights = Human Rights?", a Salon program focused on the ways in which we can work together, across genders, communities, and political affiliations, to create gender equity.

Featured guests included Kyle Turner, Student at the University of Hartford, and Carolyn Treiss, Executive Director of the CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

More Information and Ways YOU Can Take Action

Women for Change, University of Hartford

YWCA Hartford Region

National Organization for Women


Feminists don’t hate men. But it wouldn’t matter if we did
Jessica Valenti, The Guardian U.S.

Why feminism needs men
Rebecca Solnit, The Nation

Black America’s hidden tax: Why this feminist of color is going on strike
Brittany Cooper, Salon

Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In
bell hooks, The Feminist Wire

Zerlina Maxwell: “I’m making a pitch for more public male allies”
Sarah Galo, The Guardian U.S.  

So you want to be a male feminist? Maybe don’t. 
Kat Stoeffel, NY Mag

Emma Watson? Jennifer Lawrence? These aren’t the feminists you’re looking for
Roxane Gay, The Guardian U.S.  

Action Steps
-Learn about feminism and the experiences of women; expose yourself to other voices-social media is a great tool for learning from and connecting with those that are different from you
-"Plug in the mic" and speak your mind when you see or hear injustice around you
-Take risks to ignite conversations about gender, gender roles, feminism, and allyship
-Work to pass the Equal Rights Amendment
-Encourage others to be engaged on issues of gender equity
-Hold policy makers, who vote on issues regarding equal pay, maternity leave, and scores of other issues, accountable; Email and call state lawmakers
-Encourage men to stand up to other men on issues of gender based violence and gender equity;  Encourage men to stand up for women
-Use your skills and tools you possess to make a positive change- whether that is film, art, music, writing, politics etc.
-Be clear and intentional about language use; use preferred pronouns, educate yourself on the affects of language
-Check individual privilege in matters of gender, race, sexuality, ability, location etc.  

What will you do to promote gender equity? What are you already doing? Let us know! 

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