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Danbury's WestConn Celebrates Women's History Month With Daylong Program

Terry Buzaid is among the speakers scheduled for Women's History Month.
Terry Buzaid is among the speakers scheduled for Women's History Month. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University will host a Women’s History Month program sponsored by the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.

The full-day program will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, in the Student Center theater on Western’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and will conclude at the Danbury Library, 170 Main St., at 4 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Darla Shaw, an education and literary professor at WCSU, organized the program.

“People who attend will be taken from being a Colonial wife to taking part in the Danbury Fair to fighting for women’s rights,” Shaw said. “Each program will be engaging and interactive. People who attend will come away with a better perspective of both the struggles and successes of women.”

Terry Buzaid, author of “The Great Danbury State Fair,” will speak about the great Connecticut tradition at 9:30 a.m. Ann Rodwell-Lawton, program director of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, will speak at 10 a.m. about the history of women’s centers and their growing importance today. Velya Jancz-Urban, a teacher and the author of “Acquiescence,” will present “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” at 11 a.m.

Following a lunch break, the program will reconvene in the Student Center Theater at 1 p.m. Lucy Beard, executive director at the Alice Paul Institute in New Jersey, will present about the famous heroine of gender equality.

The program will move to the Danbury Library at 2:30 p.m. for a dramatic presentation of “Women of Character, Courage and Compassion; Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, and Clara Schumann” by actress Gretchen Trapp. The conference will conclude with a 3:30 p.m. tribute to the young woman of today by Christine Roberts and the WCSU Kathwari Honors Program.

For more information, contact Shaw at 203-837-8412.

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