Celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with programming that provides insights into the lives of women from all social stations in colonial and Revolutionary Virginia, revealing their struggles and their aspirations. Each program is inspired by one or more period sources, either written by women, about women, or of significant relevance to 18th century women's lives.
While amateur music making was encouraged for women in the 18th century, professional female musicians were uncommon. Colonial Americans often learned of musicians such as Maddalena Sirmen and Marianne Davies from newspaper accounts of London performances. A number of female musicians were successful composers. Others were known because of their published music or concert series. Discover the varied roles of music in women’s lives as you enjoy representative music by and for some talented European women.
As you are guided through the opulent home of Peyton and Elizabeth Randolph, a heart-wrenching narrative unfolds exploring the complicated relationships between gentry women and their enslaved maidservants.
The experiences, hardships, joys, and aspirations of a woman of the past come alive as you are invited into her world. Explore how the lives of women are shaped by the time in which they live, and how they in turn shape the times.
Uncover the stories of women who engaged with the highest levels of colonial law and government as not only victims but active participants – even criminals. Their cases as abandoned wives and convicted felons shaped 18th-century law and shed light on women’s roles in Virginia society.
Two women, one black and one Irish, share the heart-wrenching story of relations between Irish Americans and African Americans through the abolitionist movement.
In each war, women are asked to take the men's place as they go off to War. Four women - one who wrote a newspaper during the Revolution; a nurse from the Civil War, a telephone operator from WWI, and a woman from the shipyards during WWII share their stories. How did these women feel when thanked for their service and then asked to return to home and hearth?
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits: Lydia rose from enslavement to become an entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated, and overcame a lack of resources to teach others. Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generations.