In honor of this day, Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY will commemorate Eleanor Roosevelt and also consider what the next steps are in the fight for gender equality.
On Wednesday, August 26th, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host Women’s Equality Day “Celebrating Great Women and Great Ideas” from 1 pm to 4 pm in the park’s visitor center at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. The event will include an afternoon full of special programs.
Park Ranger Resi Polixa of Lowell National Historical Park will lead an interactive museum tour, Beyond Women’s Equality, which explores the park exhibits and engages in classic consciousness raising about gender equality, historically and today. Topics will include the next steps in the fight for gender equality, and the relevance of feminism today. The tour will begin at the visitor center front desk and last from 1 to 2 pm.
At 2 pm in the park’s Guntzel Theater, Dr. Darla Shaw will perform a program as Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. Shaw is a professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Connecticut. This first person narrative will provide visitors a glimpse into Roosevelt’s life and personality.
The special programs conclude with a presentation, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Fight for Civil Rights, by Park Ranger Shannon Butler of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site from 3 to 4 pm. This program, which will be held in the Guntzel Theater, will examine Eleanor Roosevelt’s belief in human and civil rights and her use of her position as the First Lady to help ensure these rights. The Presentation will cover Roosevelt’s life in the years when she was referred to as “The First Lady of the World.”
All special programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit their website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024.