What: The second day of a two-day conference sponsored by the Art History Departments of Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco.
The period between the two World Wars presented both exciting opportunities and intense social and political struggles for international women working in the arts and other forms of cultural production. Many women across Europe and North America embraced the long-awaited prospect of emancipation in the form of suffrage and increased employment in both the public and private spheres. In reaction to this new movement, many governments responded by reinforcing the cult of female domestication. Mothers across the globe were celebrated for their biological ability to reproduce as a means to compensate for the devastating loss of life and decline in population caused by war.
This interdisciplinary two-day symposium explores the many facets of what it meant to be a "working girl" involved in the arts during this time of great social change. Art history, women's studies and architecture professors from across North America and New Zealand will give presentations.
The symposium is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
Please visit http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/workinggirls for the schedule of
speakers & additional details.