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Talk: Enterprising Women in Boston, 1862-1914

Presented by Old Schwamb Mill at Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington

November 12, 2020

Enterprising Women in Boston: 1862-1914

In the six decades between the Civil War and World War I — an era before women earned the right to vote — Boston women proved to be an unusually enterprising group. During a time when ladies were supposed to work quietly in the “domestic sphere” and to avoid the all-male “public sphere,” outspoken Boston women of all races and classes established schools, settlement houses, journals, associations, and businesses and even created a...

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Enterprising Women in Boston: 1862-1914

In the six decades between the Civil War and World War I — an era before women earned the right to vote — Boston women proved to be an unusually enterprising group. During a time when ladies were supposed to work quietly in the “domestic sphere” and to avoid the all-male “public sphere,” outspoken Boston women of all races and classes established schools, settlement houses, journals, associations, and businesses and even created a world-class museum, a world religion, and a hospital by and for women. Learn who these women were, and what it was that caused such a radical group of talented and determined females to flower, long before they had won the right to vote in federal elections?

In this slide lecture, photographer and public historian Susan Wilson traces the origins and development of several of Boston’s most enterprising women and the theories behind their unique strengths and accomplishments. The women presented include suffrage journalist Lucy Stone, composer Amy Beach, author Louisa May Alcott, culinary entrepreneur Fannie Farmer, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” lyricist Julia Ward Howe, Swan Boat owner Julia Paget, and Doctors Marie Zakrzewska and Susan Dimock, of the New England Hospital for Women and Children.

Speaker Susan Wilson is a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, which serves as a hub of interdisciplinary exchange between scholars and artists, faculty and students, who conduct innovative research and create art with a focus on gender issues and women’s lives.

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Dates & times

Thu, Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm

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17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA 02476

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