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Women at Work in Maine history talk at Cushing Library

Jul 27, 2020
Candace Kanes

Cushing — Who does what work in Maine? Candace Kanes’ presentation of working women in Maine may surprise in a Zoom talk presented by the Cushing Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. To register, call or text Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email at wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

In “Which Women? What Work? A Brief History,” Kanes will discuss the types of work women have done throughout American history from colonial times to the present.

She says it is especially pertinent in this year of Maine’s Bicentennial to consider how women have worked at diverse tasks and jobs, contributing to the economic well-being of families and communities. She will discuss the ways we define “work” and what we know and how we think about women and work.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, she has a doctorate in American history with a concentration on women and work. In addition to teaching history at several Maine colleges, she is the curator of Maine Memory Network at the Maine Historical Society.

She recently curated a provocative exhibition at the Maine State Museum in Augusta celebrating Maine’s 1919 ratification of the 19th amendment, allowing women to vote.

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