Reproductive Freedom: Who Decides?

When: 1 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where: Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida

Join us Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m., for a discussion about the history of reproductive freedom and its connection to political and civil equality.

Political and civil equality for women has historically and explicitly turned on the question of who controls a woman’s body: individual women? a woman’s husband? society? This right to self-determination was hotly contested throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

It was also a key matter of principle for the utopian Oneida Community, which advocated equality in every sphere of life and activity between women and men.

Discussants Beth LeGere, Mohawk Hudson Planned Parenthood, and Molly Jessup, OCMH Curator of Education, will explore this history and its connection with civil equality, past and present.

Program admission is $7 for adults; $3 for students with ID; and free to OCMH members. Admission includes touring the historic house.

The Oneida Community Mansion House was the residence of the 19th century utopian Oneida Community (1848 – 1880), which advocated equality between women and men. OCMH preserves, collects and interprets material culture, intangible heritage, and five historic buildings, situated on 33 acres of landscaped lawns and gardens. OCMH is a National Historic Landmark and chartered by the New York State Department of Education.

Located at 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida, the Oneida Community Mansion House is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Guided tours are provided Wednesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This event is supported in part by Humanities New York.

For more information, call 315-363-0745 or see

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