Liberal Women in Conservative Times: Progressive Churchwomen in the Years Before "The Feminine Mystique"

Congregational Library & Archives Executive Director Dr. Margaret Bendroth
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Bendroth

During the 1940s and 1950s, an era usually associated with bobby sox and happy housewives, thousands of women in mainline Protestant churches were pursuing a radical social vision. The largest organization, Church Women United, forged an interracial campaign for civil rights, supported the UN, and protested nuclear weapons. Their leaders met with Eleanor Roosevelt and President Truman, leading atomic scientists, and lobbied Congress. Surprisingly, though, we know little about these remarkable women, who preferred using their husbands' last names and never liked being called "feminists". Come and learn more about their story, a vital clue to the women's movement in the 1960s and the long and complex history of women in the twentieth century.

As always, tickets are free but donations are welcomed.

Thursday, March 22nd
4:00 - 5:30 pm

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image of Dr. Margaret Bendroth by Leise Jones Photography

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