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. Others, such as Ann Ford or Maria Cosway, were known because of their published music. Discover the varied roles of music in women’s lives as you enjoy the compositions of the talented European women who took up music as a profession.
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.Learn More
There were women working in almost every occupation in the 18th century! Come meet some of our historic trades interpreters to hear about discovering women in unexpected jobs in the eighteenth century and their own paths to becoming tradeswomen themselves.Learn More
Hear from two women 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 slavery 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.