Engines of Change: The Automobile's Impact on Women's Independence
Clark Room in the Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor.
This course will explore how women demanded more social and economic freedom by using 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 to fight future battles for equal rights, voting rights and pay equity. We will learn about female cross-continent automobile and motorcycle drivers as well as women race car drivers, adventurers, suffragists who visited more than 100 cities, and others who contributed to positive change and took “mobilization” to a whole new level.
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 Curator of Education at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and is providing exhibit assistance for the museum's 2020-2021 exhibit, "Engines of Change: A Suffrage Centennial."