Suffragettes in Corselettes: the 19th Amendment and Womens FashionTuesday March 3, 2020
6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
This 90-minute presentation with time for questions at the end will be given by Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban of the "Grounded Goodwife" which is a Connecticut-based company that promotes green living and educates people about many subjects related to women, including a history of Colonial-era women, herbalism, "The Not-so-good Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife," a crash course in crystals and stone healing, how to make your own perfume from herbs, and much more. These two speakers are fascinating and we encourage you to come to this program about how women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The subtitle of the talk is: "The Evolution of Underwear & Our 19th Amendment." The history of womens' underwear reveals a lot about their changing roles in society over time in America (and elsewhere) - how we perceive ourselves, and how we're viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist, so women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.
This program is hands-on and paticipatory. Tight corseting exerted 22 pounds of pressure on internal organs - find out what that actually feels like! Experience the difficulty of completing everday tasks while wearing a corset. Have you ever relay-raced in a hobble skirt?
Herstory Unsanitized presentations explore the engrossing "taboo" subjects omitted from history. When a zany teacher and grounded green witch join forces, the fun team of Velya and Ehris bringing a gregarious personality and serene energy to enable this mother/daughter duo to connect with audiences. Their delivery is funny and frank. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers journeys in this unique event! It is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and is free and open the public.
Location: Keys Community Room
to go to the Milton Public Library