Women’s Rights National Historical Park Changes The Way Students Think

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we take you on a trip to Seneca Falls New York to the Women’s Rights National Park.

While there we met up with park rangers, a teacher, and a group of high school students among others. To say the lessons learned were eye opening would be a bit of an understatement.

As you walk through the visitor center at the Women’s Rights National Park in nearby Seneca Falls history comes to life.

For some it’s humbling, for some it’s empowering, and for all who visit it’s educational.

Each exhibit designed to make you stop and think. Sometimes perhaps about the connection between the past and the present.

Growing up there are certain lessons learned that carry on later in life. Do any of these things sound familiar to you?

Fast forward many years later you’re trying to find a job. It’s quite different nowadays so when folks visit here and see some lessons learned. It’s pretty eye opening.

“There’s a weird disconnect that some people bring to this,” said Don Stanko, Park Ranger. “It’s interesting to see how uncomfortable this site still makes a lot of people.”

“What was the most eye opening piece of information today? Mine was the dresses. There’s no way I could fit in something like that,” said Joshua L’Huillier, student. “It was extremely tight around the waist and its important that the change was made to help people.”

17-year old Joshua L’Huillier was not alone in his thinking.

“The most interesting thing I learned here is probably how they dressed seeing the corsets and how they disformed their ribs. And how there rights have changed,” said Rachel LaBrake, student.

It was so interesting hearing from these teenagers, learning about what parts of the center made an impact on them.


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