"Reviving the Dead Ladies," April 28 at Ocean View Town Hall--Online edition only

It’s hard to believe in this day and age that there was a time that women could not vote or own land without having a husband. With more women working outside the home and many women heading up households, it seems like ancient history. For that very reason, the Ocean View Historical Society invites everyone to the Revival of the First Women's Rights Convention of 1850!

It will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County on April 28th, 2011 in the Ocean View Town Hall at 32 West Avenue in Ocean View at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served and it is open to the public.

Debbie Tedesco, OVHS Fundraising Chair, is hoping both men and women, especially younger professional women, will take advantage of this look back at history and attend.

“Not only do I think women should come but they must come, so they can tell their young daughters ‘how it was and how wonderful it is now” she said.

The presentation will take the audience back to 1850 through the words of some of the courageous women who dared to flaunt society with their demands for equal rights with men, explained Tedesco. At that time, women could not own property and were allowed no voice in government. They had no right to an education and could not vote.

Tedesco continued, “1850 press coverage called the convention ‘that awful combination of socialism, abolitionism and infidelity’, while accusing the women of being ‘the Pantalettes Striking for the Pantaloons.’”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott, among others, will appear in a skit calling for "the enlargement of the sphere of women."

“Not only will this event be interesting and fun but educational as well,” concluded Tedesco.

Donations will be welcome. For more information, please call (302) 539-6518.