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The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife

January 10 @ 12:15 pm1:00 pm
| Cost: $4 |

“Herstory” unsanitized. Some of the most interesting and important things in history are omitted because they’re unpleasant. Although Gilded Age women in the upper and lower classes had many differences, they had one similarity: women were viewed as second best to men, and were expected to be content with this role in society. Men, for the most part, were clueless, and believed a woman’s body controlled her mind. Men spent an absurd amount of time worrying about the “obstruction of a woman’s menstrual flow” because the blood would then be forced to her brain and lead to a psychological breakdown. She would become a “flooding woman,” possibly with a “wandering womb.” Welcome to America’s Gilded Age!

Presented by Velya Jancz-Urban, author and educator

The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.

Part of Women@Work: Influence and Impact, a city of Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women.


January 10
12:15 pm–1:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


Lectures & Adult Programs


Cost, Ages 3–17: