Quarterly Program: Women in the time of Jane Austen
March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In Honor of Women’s History Month
The Jane Austen Society of North America
Greater Sacramento Region Presents
Women in the time of Jane Austen
Rachel Dodge, English Professor at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA; author of “Praying with Jane
Dr. Bronwyn Anthony, Retired Psychologist, Fiber Artist, Rancho Murieta, CA, and Chair of Jane
Austen’s Fiber Friends Interest Group.
Dr. Kathleen Anderson, English Professor, formerly from Florida, currently living in San Francisco,
CA; author of “Jane Austen’s Women: An introduction”…
2:00 Welcome by Lynn Ossolinski.
2:05 Rachel Dodge on A Day In the Life of a Regency Woman. Examining the life of an
aristocratic/gentry woman and understanding why they did what they did. Focus will be on childbirth, health, hygiene, etiquette, marriage settlements, and the like. Also included will be examples
from the novels that show some of the etiquette. Attention will be given to the social structures
that were in place for the protection of unmarried women.
2:50 Hospitality Break to visit the display tables of implements and replicas of items used by
Regency women, such as an album of drawings of Regency dresses, hand-knitted shawls, gloves,
counted cross stitch samplers, art, writing implements, dishes, and kitchen items. Author tables for
book displays as well as family heirlooms representing skills of women.
3:05 Bronwyn Anthony on Women’s Hand Work in Regency Times. Lace making, tatting, sewing,
quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilling, and fine hand-made asian crafts, all still being
3:20 Kathleen Anderson on Regency Women’s Rights: The Paradox of Abuse and Self
Determination in Austen’s Novels. Amid a context of very few women’s rights and an acknowledged
reality of serious abuse and violation of women, Austen also depicts her heroines as powerful
agents of self determination.
This is a free event