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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