Kouros Vala 4/23/07 Hartigan-O’Connor History 15B Working for God; Working for Gold: Historical Perspectives on Women at Work On April 23, 2007, I was attended the second annual gender history symposium featuring Dr. Sarah Curtis from San Francisco Sate University and Dr. Edith Sparks from University of the Pacific. Each of the professors discussed working women in two different aspects. Dr. Curtis began the program with her presentation on the French religious women nuns. Curtis discussed the difficulty of being a women nun in the United States because they existed in the 19 th century, around the time where slavery was present. Many of these women pursued their lives in the United States, because of the conflicts with the Bishop. Furthermore, The French-Catholic church did not allow for women to be a leader. In the United States, most of the French nuns were Catholic abolitionists, which were considered to be fairly rare. The women were not able to rise to much power because of this conflict. They could not get southern votes because many of
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