Acadia Senior College

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Engines of Change: The Automobile's Impact on Women's Independence

Jenna Beaulieu

Online via Zoom. Last class will meet at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
This course will explore how women demanded more social and economic freedom through their use of the automobile to assert their social and economic independence and transform their role in American society, communities, and households. Driving allowed women to try things traditionally closed off to them, thus creating a foundation upon which future battles for equal rights could be fought, such as the right to vote and the right to earn an equal wage. Learn more about female cross-continent automobile and motorcycle drivers, women race car drivers, adventurers, suffragists who visited over 100 cities, and numerous other women who contributed to positive change and took “mobilization” to a whole new level. The course will culminate in a special tour of the exhibit at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
About the instructor

Jenna Beaulieu has a BA in English from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, with a focus on Comparative Mythology. She is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and curator of the museum's 2020-2022 exhibit, "Engines of Change: A Suffrage Centennial."

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