Way Back When … 1980
March is Women’s History Month. The origins of Women’s History Month date back to the early 1980s. The photo above shows President Jimmy Carter signing a document at the White House in Washington on Feb. 28, 1980, proclaiming March 2-8 "National Women's History Week." Throughout the next several years, Congress passed annual joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
On Sunday at 3pm the League of Women Voters of Fairfield is co-sponsoring a Women’s History Month event with the Fairfield Museum & History Center. “The Not-So-Good Life of The Colonial Goodwife” will be an interactive presentation with author Velya Jancz-Urban. She is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy-farm owner, and expert on New England's colonial women. Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya's interest in the colonial era. While researching her novel, Acquiescence, she became fascinated with the lives of everyday colonial women. Velya will honor our foremothers and talk about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women. Even history buffs will learn a thing or two during this fascinating and amusing presentation.
Following her entertainingly-informative presentation, the LWV will lead a discussion of Goodwives 2017 vs. Goodwives 1777. Lori Gresham, PhD, Psychology and professor at UConn Stamford, will lead an interactive session on gender roles, socialization, women and work, women's relationships and more. Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, friends and colleagues are all invited to learn a bit about Women’s History this month. The event will be held at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, and the cost is $5. (Free for Fairfield Museum members.)