Luncheon to Explore History of Working Women

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Byline: Sheri Buttstadt

Society's perception and acceptance of working women has fluctuated throughout the years.

Whether women's work was in the home or in the office, or whether that work was by choice or necessity, the experience has usually been challenging to say the least.

On Saturday, in celebration of Women's History Month, several organizations are sponsoring a luncheon which will include a living history presentation, "The Seven Women of By Necessity/By Choice."

Seven vignettes performed by Annette Baldwin Kolasinski will offer a glance at some early stories of America's women at work.

In addition to the performance, there also will be a luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Rolling Knolls Country Club in Elgin. The cost is $17. The deadline for reservations and payment is today.

"By Necessity/By Choice" tells of some early experiences of women in the workplace through portrayals of seven fictional and actual women.

"People who have seen Annette perform before have been really impressed," says Jennifer Ford, president of the League of Women Voters, who is looking forward to seeing Kolasinski perform again.

Given the rich history and abundance of facts surrounding the study of working women, this performance is an abbreviated account - a glance at the early story of America's women at work

The performances will be as following

- "Elizabeth: Home Work to Wage Work" - A fictional portrayal based on the early Massachusetts textile mill workers

- "Rebecca Lukens (1794-1854): Meeting a Stern Taskmistress" - America's earliest woman industrialist, who so successfully carried on the family iron business that it remains today the oldest continuously operating steel mill in North America.

- 1"Charley: A Creative Solution" - From the memoir of a woman who discovers many avenues open in the job search if she conceals her identity. …