Worcester Women's History Project presents WOMEN 2000
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first National Woman's Rights Convention held in Worcester in 1850
August 17, 2000
One hundred and fifty years ago the very first National Woman's
Rights Convention was held in Worcester. Through the course of
time, this historically significant moment has been forgotten. In
1995 a group of local area women organized and founded the Worcester Women's History Project (WWHP) to spread awareness of Worcester's pioneering role in the women's movement.
Over the years, WWHP has sponsored a series of events and programs designed to reclaim Worcester's heritage. Their most ambitious and primary focus is Women 2000, a three-day national conference to be held October 20-22, 2000.
Women 2000 will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first National
Woman's Rights Convention. To be offered are 30 workshops focusing on
women's past, present and future, and an historical dramatization of the
1850 convention called "Angels & Infidels." Noted speakers including former
Smith College president Jill Ker Conway; Dolores Huerta, co-founder with
Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers of America; Massachusetts Supreme
Court Justice Margaret H. Marshall; Marge Piercy, novelist, essayist, poet
and playwright; and Emily Rooney, 'GBH-TV host and executive editor of
"Greater Boston" will highlight the program. A Pre-Conference for Educators
will also be offered for an additional fee. Musical guests include Sweet
Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group of African
American women's voices.
For additional information please visit our website at www.worcesterwomen.com or call Jessie Rodrique, project coordinator at 508-767-1852.
Women 2000 is a call to action
To continue the dialogue begun in 1850
To provide a forum for discussion on the present status of women
And to explore the challenges and opportunities for the future.