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letter to Barbara Esensten (with press packet):

This press packet contains information about the Woman's Building and about the Conference on Woman's Culture in American Society 1880-1980.

The conference is an extension of the one of which you were a part. It will rpovide a forum wherein women may share in understanding the differences as well as the similarities among themselves; it will examine the organizing techniques used by women over the past 100 years in shaping their communities; and it will acknowledge the effect of those organizations on public policy. The conference has been designed to attract women from a wide range pf disciplines and communities.

Scholars chosen to speak are also activists and/or have written seminal feminist works regarding women's history and women's vision. Genora Dollinger, Vera Davis, JoAnn Sebastian Morris, Mary Jane Hewitt and Sheila are not academics but primarily involved with community organizations. we have aimed to a combination of analytical skill, historical perspective and direct community involvement. The intent of the CCHPP, our initial source of funding, is to find ways for humanities scholars to use their expertise ib a public setting and to the greater public advantage. The speakers chosen will provide historical depth (ie. a sense of continuity) and perspective to one's experience as a woman: making the personal political.

Sessions are participatory, with two to five 15 minute talks followed by forty-five minute discussion. It is of extreme importance that the audience be as active, challenging and diverse as possible. You can then understand the need for extensive publicity. etc. as in Celeste's letter.
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