The House of Rebel Women of the Victorian Era by Mary Kay Ryan

Topic: The House of Rebel Women of the Victorian Era

Presenter: Mary Kay Ryan

Date: March 13, 2022

Day: Sunday

Time: 2-4:00 PM

The House of Rebel Women of the Victorian Era was built by Mary Kay Ryan to celebrate contributions of the many women from all walks of life who rebelled against the stifling constraints Victorian society attempted to put upon them.  While rebelling in their personal lives they often started and contributed to some of the most progressive movements of the 19th century.  These included the Abolition Movement; Suffrage Movement; Relief for the Poor/Settlement House Movement; Labor Movement; Spiritualist Movement and Anti-Vivisection Movement.  Many of  the women were also accomplished professionals usuch as authors, painters, sculptors and teachers of note. Some even passed as men to escape the bondage to their supposed feminine nature. The House will display 100 of these women in both figures and portraits throughout along with write-ups of each and the movements in which they participated. {Mary Kay Ryan}




Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was born into slavery.  As a child she suffered a head injury when the master threw a heavy object at a

slave and it missed and hit her.  This caused her to suffer pain, spontaneous periods of hypersomnia and unconsciousness during her lifetime.  She escaped slavery in 1849 but went back 17 times as one of the most intrepid and courageous "conductors" on the Underground Railway.  She is thought to have brought 70 people to freedom.  She continued as  an abolitionist and served as a scout and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.  She went on to be an activist for African American rights and both women and Black suffrage after the war.  She was also a mystic and experienced visions throughout her life, some of which she felt helped her avoid capture during her trips to free slaves.



 Mother Jones (1837-1930) was born in County Cork, Ireland but emigrated with her family to Canada (and later the United States) 

during the Irish Famine. She and her family were the victims of the  discrimination leveled against those of Irish heritage and the

Catholic faith.  In the US she first lived in Memphis, TN but, after losing her husband and all four of her children to a yellow fever

epidemic, she moved to Chicago and set up a dressmaking shop.  This she also lost along with her home and all her possessions four years later to the Great Chicago Fire.  Soon after she became a labor organizer supporting the workers who were helping to rebuild the city. 





Event date: 

Sunday, March 13, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

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