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Women's Studies Program Fall Lecture: "Powerless Women?"
Start Date: 9/25/2019Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 9/25/2019End Time: 2:00 PM

Event Description:
The Women's Studies Program presents the First Fall Lecture Series entitled "Powerless Women? Italian Emigration and the Perseverance of the Women who Remained Behind" by Victoria Calabrese, Ph. D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm in Carman Hall, Room 221.

This paper will discuss the Italian women who remained behind the great wave of emigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how they coped with being left on their own.  During this period married women had few rights, relied on their husbands for financial support, and were not authorized to obtain a passport without marital permission.  These restrictions left women legally powerless if their husbands were gone for a long time or never returned.  Some of these women petitioned the local mayor's office, requesting government searches for their husbands abroad.  Using these petitions, this paper will show how women reacted to their situations and demonstrate that abandoned women did not idly sit by and wait for their husbands to return.
Location Information:
Carman Hall - CA-221
Room: Women's Studies Conference Room
Contact Information:
Name: Professor Rice
Phone: 718-960-1160
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