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Progressive Era Women: Public Housekeeping and Beyond

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Comstock House

506 8th Street South

Moorhead, MN 56560

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Starting at 6:30 on March 20th 2018, in honor of Women's History Month, the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County welcomes Dr. Ashley Baggett to the Comstock House to deliver a lecture titled: "Progressive Era Women: Public Housekeeping and Beyond" about the women who were working toward reform during that era.

From 1880 to 1920, Progressive women created what one historian dubbed “a female dominion in American reform.” The substantial female networks often overlapped with women participating in and supporting various measures, such as prohibition and labor regulations. The contacts and networks, however, went far beyond what many have assumed. Moreover, the carefully constructed language of “public housekeeping” gave women a foothold into the politics by claiming women’s need to maintain the house extended to cleaning up the larger community, but some women in the Progressive Era went beyond public housekeeping alone and wielded the new positions to push for women’s rights, leaving a legacy that impacts women today. This talk will discuss Progressive women’s reforms, women’s rights in the period, and methods used by women to advance their causes.

After the talk is over feel free to stay a little later to mingle, enjoy light refreshments from Moorhead's Rustica Eatery & Tavern and explore one of Moorhead's most historic homes.

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