EBWA--Welcoming All Women of All Ages
Dinner and Program for March 27:
"Perspectives on the Feminist Movement 50 Years Later: Freaks, Geeks, and Goodwives"
Why did ambitious young women who started college with plans for professional careers and advanced studies, shift course mid-way through their education, and opt for marriage, motherhood and domesticity instead? Focusing on the period famous for the first G.I. Bill, the baby boom, and the promotion of traditional gender roles, Babette Faehmel in this talk offers an interpretation of the complex factors that caused so many highly talented young women to not follow through with their original plans. She will also argue that to understand the meaning these women attributed to their decisions, we need to consider the intellectual and political debates of the time to which they had access and that gave their private choices a distinctly political meaning.
Babette Faehmel, PhD, assistant professor of history at Schenectady Community College, draws upon her extensive research on the feminist movement to "widen the lens". Her basic concepts are based on Betty Freidan's The Feminist Mystique, published 51 years ago and considered a major spark for the feminist movement. Dr. Faehmel adds to our understanding by analyzing the diaries of college women (Smith) of that era, as well as some of the letters between these same women and their potential mates. She used these sources to connect the feelings of these women with their later actions.
Expect to renew your interest in the roles of women today, as well as better understand the changes in perspective, values and behaviors over the last 50 years. We might even understand ourselves, our daughters and granddaughters better.
Next Steering Committee meeting, Wednesday, April 2 in the UUSS Dining Room at 7 pm. We are beginning to plan for next year's programs. Come join us.
We operate without elected officers. All activities are coordinated by a steering committee of persons who simply like being a member of a group of all women. Responsibilities are shared and rotated. Help decide on programs, get to better know the women involved and double your enjoyment of EBWA.
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