Contesting Domesticity - 4/20 WGS Seminar at the MHS

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Contesting Domesticity – a Panel Discussion

Authors: Kwelina Thompson, Cornell University; 
Shoniqua Roach, Brandeis University; Laura Puaca, Christopher Newport University

Comment: Allison Horrocks, Lowell National Historical Park

Tuesday 20 April
5:15 PM

Free, Virtual Event - hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society


The domestic realm has long captivated feminist scholars who have sought to understand the lives of women and the workings of gender. How have women experienced, challenged, leveraged, and shaped the domestic? This panel will consider these questions and discuss the domestic as a contested site of constraint and possibility. Shoniqua Roach theorizes the meanings of black domesticity as a deeply fraught space marked by anti-black sentiment and yet full of insurgent potential. Kwelina Thompson explores the history of the La Leche League – a Catholic mothers group that organized to support breastfeeding mothers in the mid-twentieth century. Finally, Laura Puaca tells the story of the expansion of post-WWII vocational rehabilitation programs to include disabled homemakers in the US.

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Categories: Discussion
Keywords: Public Seminar