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ERIC Number: ED408620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
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Women's Education: The Rhetoric of History and Serious Purpose of the Naugatuck Women's Study Club.
Tchudi, Susan
Established in 1894, the Naugatuck (Connecticut) Women's Study Club is an example of the women's groups that seemed to spring up simultaneously in the late 19th century across the United States. Founded for the purpose of "promoting general intelligence and culture," these clubs were established by pillars of the community and included the wives of ministers, doctors, and other professionals. Women would get together to enlarge their worlds through the study of books--primarily those focused on the arts, literature, and history. The Naugatuck club began its first year with a study of "travel"--Italy was the country chosen and Genoa, the first city "visited." Like other study clubs, at Naugatuck the women researched and wrote papers to be presented to the membership, and at times, discussions, musicales, and dramatic presentations were included as part of the yearly schedule. Naugatuck celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1994 and boasts members of 40 and 50 years duration--it bears examination to study how women exercise leadership, value education, find ways to educate themselves, and see their educations as part of their larger living in and contributing to the world. In the case of Naugatuck, the women are serious and committed to their learning. These study clubs continue to provide a special way of relating for women, of talking to one another, of exploring, of placing priority on intellectual activity as a unique aspect of experience. It will perhaps provide another alternative view of women's ways of knowing. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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