Exhibits & Activities - 2004 (click on links to view details)
Stand Up Dolls (Expressive Dolls) Exhibit
Seven stand up dolls use pictures, cut outs, brilliant colors, and different facts to create images of seven famous influential African American women. From actresses to activists, from poets to TV hosts, from entrepreneurs to philanthropists, these women each made a difference in their own way. Represented within this exhibit are Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Anita Hill, Madame C.J. Walker, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Oprah Winfrey.
Engineering & Technology (MSET) - Now &
Reaching around the world and traveling in time to the past, the present, and the future, dramatic and informative exhibits illustrate women at work in a variety of settings. Photographs, exhibits and engaging activities introduce visitors to the fun and excitement of math, science, engineering and technology (MSET), present practices that support learning MSET skills, illustrate that women have been successful in the area of MSET throughout history, and demonstrate how MSET skills expand career options and are essential for daily life in a technological society.
Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program
WAVES, SPARS and Women Marines in
Physics: Past, Present, Future
Women at Work in Career and Technical
Women in Technology (WIT) Program -
Collaboration with TI and BCC
Young Women Scientists
Outreach in Biology
Ames – Renaissance
(1878 – 1969)
MSET in a Box - Girl
Math, Science, Engineering and Technology”
Ms. Dee DeForest, President of the Service Unit for Girl Scouts in Attleboro, and Ms. Chris Pepper, Troop Activity Consultant for the Service Unit of Attleboro, organized this event. About eight different exhibits were set up, with plenty of daisies, brownies, cadets, and seniors to run them. The exhibits ranged from taking apart and rebuilding household tools to following the path of oxygen as it travels through the bloodstream.
“Girls Invent”, the sign reads. Around the table are four or five kids, busy at work. Eight-year old Ryan, for example, took apart and put back together a dustbuster “mostly by myself.” Six-year old Samantha built a “robotic arm”. She had to “drill holes into tongue depressors” with the help of Kathy Gasbarro, the adult working the station. She points out a poster, covered in pictures of famous inventors, which stands behind the table, but most of the kids are engaged in building, gluing, constructing their own toys.
Next to this table is “ Math Wiz and Math Fun”. “ This is the math table.” introduces Cindy Tangney. A few younger kids are sticking toothpicks into gumdrops, constructing different polyhedrons. “They pick the shapes they want to make.” Another part of the table is dedicated to finding the measurements of their different body parts. Next to that, Danarsha, a girl scout for six years, sits with four jars. Each contain a different item, clothespins, fuzzy balls, seeds, and marbles. Samantha tells me shes “guessing that there are 51 clothespins, 10001 seeds, 61 marbles, and 81 pompoms.” Emily, a member of troop 955, tells me that “ you hafta guess how much is in the jars”
The third table is one of the busiest. Aptly named “Dream it up”, Alex tells me that “ you hafta build structures out of spaghetti and marshmallow and hold six different balls in it.” She sits with a big bowl of marshmallows and a table covered in bits of spaghetti. As the day progresses, she is the only one to build a structure that holds the heaviest of the balls, a basketball, btu the younger kids persevere and pride in their sticky, somewhat lopsided structures that they labored over. Next to all the macaroni is a stack of yellow paper, so that the children could “ draw whatever you could invent.”
The next table, called Senses, seems to be one of the most fun. Melissa, leader of Brownie troop 152, tells me that they are “having a ball”. Blindfolded, the kids use their senses of smell, touch, and taste to distinguish what they are being given or fed. Although I’m tempted to join in, I move to the set up behind this one.
Hidden in the darker alcove, this exhibit is labeled “Lights and Mirrors”. The senior girl scouts use light, mirrors, and prisms to delight and amaze the younger kids. “You can change the color of the light with colored paper,” Rebecca says. All the kids are intrigued by the “magic” the girls are making, so I slip out and move to the next exhibit.
“Bags of Tricks”, complete with puzzles, anagrams, and an assortment of games, is run by Christine Curran and Melissa Messere.
Living Statues Program
Living representation of the Women’s Vietnam Memorial Washington DC was presented by area high school students when the Museum opened in 2003. This image was a focal point in the Leaders in Peace and War exhibit presented in 2004. Participants Captain Joyce Masselo, USAF ( retired) and Andrew Goldberg (No. Attleboro) holding the flag, students in representation include Ty Graham, North Attleboro High School, Chris Howard, North Attleboro High School, and Ashley Nerz, North Attleboro High School., Sabaa Chaudary, Attleboro High School. Production of the large scale image for the exhibit was coordinated by Alan Goldberg of North Attleboro and donated by ICL Imaging of Framingham, MA.
WISER - Women's
Institute for a Secure Retirement
This exhibit explores a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization using brochures, pictures, and other informational pamphlets. Created in 1996 by the Teresa Heinz and H. John Heinz III Foundation, this organization is dedicated to helping women secure a retirement income as well as educate the general public about the inequalities present in the current system.
Honorable Service of Women
On Saturday May 29, 2004, the dedication of the WWII Memorial was a national salute to the generation who won WWII. It is important to honor those who serve. The “Leaders in Peace and War” was an exhibit dedicated to the honorable service of women from the Colonial Period to the present. This exhibit clearly illustrates the efforts women made to ensure freedom during WWII and in other conflicts. Free and open to the general public, the opening reception was hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Post 20 & Post 312. Following the reception, a slide presentation featured the history of women in the military.
Katherine Honey, then President of the Women at Work Museum, invited visitors of all ages to visit this informative and inspiring exhibit. “Stories unfold throughout the exhibit and let the truth be known that these women when confronted with danger were brave, faced with deprivation they were resourceful, and when presented with hope of peace they erased the lines that divide us.” Much of the information has been recovered from the archives of historical societies and from personal accounts. Photographs, memorabilia and oral histories present stories of women throughout American history facing conflicts with courage and working tirelessly to restore and preserve peace. These individuals work alone or in tandem with others and move beyond the expected. They inspire us with their perseverance and their valor. Such are the stories found in the exhibit “Leaders in Peace and War.”
One member of the exhibit committee noted, “I have worked with women veterans for over 10 years and have often found it to be true that their military service has gone unrecognized, unrewarded, and most certainly undocumented. I am pleased and honored to be a part of the development of the exhibit "Leaders in Peace and War - Honorable Service of Women" which will inform people of the courageous and dedicated women who have served our country since the Revolutionary War.” Patricia Robinson, LICSW, Women Veterans Program Manager, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston.
Events reinforce the
message of the exhibit that in America, from the
Colonial Period to the present, women have fought
and died for their country and have made tireless
commitment to maintaining peace. “Leaders in Peace and War” presented the story of
Deborah Sampson, American Revolutionary War soldier, and other women who
dressed as men during the Civil War in order to serve and protect their country. Visitors learned about the adventures of Cathay Williams, a Buffalo Soldier, and the
experiences of one woman who landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day and moved forward
with the troops until the Battle
of the Bulge. Her story is fascinating
and one of many that visitors found enlightening and inspiring. Much of the information has been recovered
from the archives of historical societies and from personal accounts. Photographs, memorabilia and oral histories
present stories of women throughout American history facing conflicts with
courage and working tirelessly to restore and preserve peace. These individuals
work alone or in tandem with others and move beyond the expected. They inspire
us with their perseverance and their valor. Such are the stories found in the
exhibit “Leaders in Peace and War.”
The Easton Historical Society presented this engaging and informative display that features documents and artifacts from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Contributions of women from Easton and members of the Ames family demonstrate their commitment to supporting the troops. Coordinated by the Easton Historical Society, Easton Massachusetts.
Deborah Sampson – Revolutionary War Soldier
Deborah Sampson, born in Plympton, MA, enlisted in the Continental Army during the spring of 1782- dressed as a boy. Unfortunately she was found out- but she did not give up hope and again enlisted under the name Robert Shurtliff in Bellingham, Massachusetts. After being wounded several times and nearly left for dead, a doctor in the army helped her win an honorable discharge from the Continental Army. She went on to marry and start a family, descendents of whom still reside in Massachusetts today. This exhibit describes her life. This exhibit also includes the life of another brave woman, Hannah Dustin, who rescued herself from the clutches of a dangerous group off Native Americans, and the first woman to ever have a statue erected in her name. Developed by the Sharon Historical Society, Sharon Massachusetts. Portrait of Sampson, circa 1780 - Wikipedia.
Cathay Williams - Buffalo Soldier
When Cathay Williams enlisted in the army, women were not allowed to serve as soldiers. Therefore, Williams posed as a man, and joined the Thirty-Eighth Infantry. As a result, she became the first and the only known female Buffalo Soldier.
Williams was born into slavery in Independence, Missouri in 1842. She worked as a house slave for William Johnson, a wealthy planter in Jefferson City, Missouri. She worked for him until his death. About the same time, the Civil War broke out and she was freed by Union soldiers. From thereafter, she worked for the Army as a paid servant. While serving the soldiers, she experienced military life first hand. She served Colonel Benton while he was in Little Rock, Arkansas. She also served General Sheridan and his staff, and was later recruited to Washington to serve as a cook and laundress for them. While traveling with them, she witnessed the Shenandoah Valley raids in Virginia. After leaving Virginia, she traveled to Iowa and then went on to St. Louis. Throughout her time working for the Army, she also had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, Savannah, and Macon.
After the war, Williams wanted to be financially independent so she joined the army. In November 1866, she enlisted as William Cathay in the Thirty-Eighth United States Infantry, Company A. She was able to do so because a medical examination was not required. Only her cousin and a friend were aware of her real identity. Company A arrived at Fort Cummings in New Mexico on October 1, 1867. At the fort, Williams and her company protected miners and traveling immigrants from Apache Indian attack. While serving in Company A, there was insubordination among some of the troops, but Williams was not involved in the incidents.
In 1868, Williams grew tired of military life so she feigned illness. She was
examined by the post surgeon who then discovered that she was a woman. She was
discharged October 14, 1868.
Clara Barton - Founder of the American National Red Cross (1821-1912)
A display of documents, objects, photographs and narrative tell of the heroic efforts of Clara Barton, "Angel of the Battlefield" during the U.S. Civil War, and her post-war work to heal the personal wounds of that conflict. This exhibit focuses on her life and work. While she championed the work of the women suffragettes, she dedicated her life to humanitarian causes, and this exhibit uses pictures, posters, and letters to show exactly how extraordinary this woman truly was. Information illustrated Clara’s long and successful career as a correspondent and her battlefield service nursing wounded soldiers. In 1881, Clara founded the American National Red Cross, her enduring legacy. Developed by Cathy Woods, Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, Emily Thomas, Nichols College, and Jean Garde Parker, Women at Work Museum.
Uniforms -18th Century to the Present
Beginning with the Revolutionary War, displays featured uniforms and period dress worn by women during the Civil War, WWI and WWII, Vietnam, Gulf Storm and present day conflicts. Displays included photographs, personal histories and memorabilia. Along with combat nurses, the American Red Cross, the National Guard and other branches of the service, WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and the US Air Force are represented in an inspiring display, which portrays women aviators from WWII to the present. Photographs, narratives, and artifacts illustrate those women who broke barriers in the air. Developed by the Women at Work Museum in conjunction with veterans organizations, Leaders in Peace and War Exhibit Committee, Naval War College, and the Massachusetts National Guard Museum.
Centuries of Dolls Representing Women Leaders
One of the
Most Decorated Military Women in US History
One of the Most Decorated Women in U.S. Military History, General Vaught is president of the Women’s Memorial in Washington DC, which is committed to making known the role of women in the military from the American Revolution to the present. She told stories about women such as
Sara Luddington, who, along with Paul Revere, made that famous midnight ride to warn the Colonists that the British were coming. Through stories, General Vaught illustrated the bravery and valor of women. She encouraged people to visit the “Leaders in Peace and War” exhibit at the Women at Work Museum where photographs, narrative and artifacts present stories about the courage and perseverance of American women. (Photo at right) Nancy Young, Katherine Honey, General Vaught and Kelly Fox.)
Her Military Decorations and Awards - General Vaught is the President of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial (WIMSA) in Washington, DC - only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services. General Vaught’s numerous military decorations and awards include both the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following retirement, General Vaught, worked as a consultant with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization as well as with industry. A reception followed at the Museum. The hosts of this event were the Norton VFW Fillmore-Nason Post 8049 Auxiliary.
Black Military Women
This exhibit celebrates the history of black women in the military. Pictures and biographies describe breakthrough women such as Annie N. Graham, the first black female to enlist in the American Marine Corps, and Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to the President, as well as nine other women who served our country in its different times of need, Cathay Williams, Susie King Taylor, Harriet Tubman, Harriet M. Waddy, Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones, Brigadier General Julia J. Cleckley, Shoshana Johnson, Evelyn Fields, and Col. Stayce D. Harris. Accompanying this exhibit are a display of black military dolls, and information detailing the work and sacrifice of black women in the military, from the Civil War to Desert Storm
Women in the Air-WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots)
Uniform of the American Revolution
Officially designed in 1779, this standard blue,
From Different Eras- Separated by Time
Two pictures hang, both of young women, one dressed in furs and frocks, the other in military camouflage. This exhibit asks us to probe within ourselves- which might we be, had we been born into different times, and how might we, as people, be different in another time?
10 th Massachusetts Light Infantry Uniform
This wool and linen uniform was worn by the continental soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. Along with it is information explaining its versatility and its use in the war.
PHOTO SOURCE: Uniforms of the Armies in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Lt. Charles M. Lefferts. Limited Edition of 500. New York York Historical Society. New York, NY. 1926.]
World War I - Music, Recruitment Posters, Getting Women into the Navy
This exhibit focuses on the creative ideas used for recruiting women to fight. From “The Navy wants you” posters to popular army songs such as “Bing! Bang! Bing ‘em on the Rhine”, “My Rainbow Ribbon Girl”, and more. Also included in this exhibit are collages about the Waves, with information, and posters about the nurses in the army, and the difficulties they went through. Other artifacts representative of women in the navy are scattered around the room.
World War II
WWII Pilots and the Planes They Flew
Members of the Bay Colony Historical Model Club have selected historical model airplanes from their collection for a display at the museum. Over twenty models include airplanes flown by Amelia Earhart, Jackie Cochran and Sara Hayden. All were members of the 99ers an organization of women pilots. During WWII when women pilots were needed to ferry planes to Europe, the 99ers were called to action and served courageously. Come to the museum and find out about the significant contribution women pilots made to the war effort during WWII
A Salute to
Dying for freedom isn’t the worst that could
happen: being forgotten is.”
Veterans and their families were joined by the public in the celebration of the return of those who serve to protect us around the world and in honoring those who gave their lives in service to America. The speakers were: Commander Frank Geary, Vietnam Veterans of America Post 837, General Frank Mahn, Chaplain, Massachusetts National Guard and State Police, and Captain Joyce Massello, USAF NC (retired)
This exhibit displays a more local source of power. It focuses on the Attleboro area, and the different groups working to help children in the nearby area, from Christmas ideas to scholarships, and everything in between. It explores different ways any person can get involved, and be a part of “making a difference.” Also included in this exhibit is a history of the local paper, My Backyard, as well as a biography of a prominent local citizen who made a difference in the lives of children. Presented by the Greater Attleboro Council for Children, Inc.
Making a Seamless
Ingot Medallion Mural
Women of Industry
Women for Hire
Women For Hire was founded in 1999 by career-savvy expert Tory Johnson who is also the CEO. Women For Hire is invested in fostering partnerships with organizations that are equally dedicated to promoting women’s career advancement and development. We are proud to work with professional organizations and diversity networks as well as colleges and universities throughout the country. Women For Hire’s core services have successfully targeted college-educated, professional women and is the only producer of high caliber recruiting events for women
Women From Then to Now
- The Story of Women's Suffrage
“Men, their rights, and nothing more.
This exhibit focuses on suffrage, and the women who helped secure that right for women to vote. From posters to cartoons to pins to binders, this exhibit uses many different methods to show the many different aspects of the female vote. A book on display, Madam President, as well as another pamphlet, talks about the possibility of having a woman president, while another picture and newspaper clipping shows Afghanistani women voting and discusses that process. This fun and entertaining exhibit contains much information on the women’s suffrage movement as a whole, as well as the individual members who participated. Also included in this exhibit is a talking-voting machine, used by blind people, with information about the Braille system and how it is used currently.
The History of Women’s Suffrage
In 1995, the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, celebrated its 75th anniversary. The resolution calling for woman suffrage had passed, after much debate, at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. In The Declaration of Sentiments, a document based upon the Declaration of Independence, the numerous demands of these early activists were elucidated.
The 1848 convention had challenged America to social revolution that would touch every aspect of life. Early women's rights leaders believed suffrage to be the most effective means to change an unjust system. By the late 1800s, nearly fifty years of progress afforded women advancement in property rights, employment and educational opportunities, divorce and child custody laws, and increased social freedoms. The early 1900s saw a successful push for the vote through a coalition of suffragists, temperance groups, reform-minded politicians, and women's social welfare organizations.
Although Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton devoted 50 years to the woman's suffrage movement, neither lived to see women gain the right to vote. But their work and that of many other suffragists contributed to the ultimate passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. To put things into historical perspective, we've included a Womens Rights Timeline that chronicles the history of the women's rights movement.
The League of Women Voters is an outgrowth of the suffragist movement. Carrie Chapman Catt founded the organization in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held only six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 57-year struggle.
Today, that trust allows the League to continue to influence public policy. The League's impact is felt at all levels of government: local, state and national. The League's work is based on the belief that citizens who have well researched and unbiased information will make wise decisions for their communities and their nation. The League helps citizens ensure that their voices are heard at the local state and national levels and through coalition building around shared issues.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund takes action in local communities to support public policy issues. In 1998-99, the Kaiser Family Foundation has partnered with state and local Leagues around the country to bring the public voice on Medicare reform to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Though the commission ended in deadlock, the League found a remarkable citizen consensus on applying the core values of fairness, access, responsibility and efficiency to public policy options.
In keeping with the mission of the Women at Work Museum to promote economic independence, a series of financial education classes were developed by the Museum’s Board of Directors. Kelly Fox, Treasurer of the Museum and a Certified Financial Planner with American Express Financial Advisors, coordinated the classes, which were designed to be valuable to adults of all ages who want to manage their savings better, have a clearer understanding of financial planning in general and who want to have a better grasp of investment terms and strategies. All classes were presented free of charge at the Museum at 35 County St., Attleboro.
Led by Financial Experts - The classes were designed to build one upon another. The classes included: Fulfilling Your Financial Dreams & Basic Banking and Credit Use, Understanding the Terminology of Investing, The Psychology of Money, Creating a Portfolio, Smart Women Finish Rich, Retirement Planning for Women ,Social Security, Insurance and Estate Planning.
Representatives of many leading groups, organizations and financial institutions such as Women for a Secure Retirement in Washington DC, the Social Security Administration, Franklin Templeton, Van Kampen, Fidelity Investments and GE Capital were invited to speak on areas where they have proven authority.
Kelly Fox, Treasurer of the Museum and a Certified Financial Planner with American Express Financial Advisors, coordinated the classes, which have been designed to be valuable to adults of all ages who want to manage their savings better, have a clearer understanding of financial planning in general and who want to have a better grasp of investment terms and strategies.
The classes were free and open to the public and were funded in part by a grant given to the Museum by American Express Financial Advisors to purchase computer equipment and software for financial planning purposes. Below are the highlights form these classes.
the Terminology of Investing
April, 2004 - The Psychology of Money
Investment Strategies for Changing Times
June 2004 -
5 Powerful Financial Strategies for Women
July 2004 -
Your Future Paycheck:
Need to Know About Money and Retirement
1: Insuring What
Protection Planning For Every Aspect of Your
Long Term Care, Issues and Answers
2004 - Maintaining
Estate Planning For All Stages of Life