Women

A Labor of Love
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A Labor of Love

By Steve Thornton For some Bridgeport workers in the early 20th century, union organizing was both a family affair and a love affair.  Matilda Rabinowitz and Benjamin J. Legere were such a couple.  (Think of the film stars Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, who played John ...

June 22, 2016
Labor  Women  
A Witch Hanged in Bridgeport
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A Witch Hanged in Bridgeport

A Witch Hanged in Bridgeport By Eric D. Lehman In the middle of the 17th century, Bridgeport was simply a no-man’s land between the growing colonial villages of Stratford and Fairfield. That is no doubt why the citizens of these Puritan communities decided to hang a witch ...

June 11, 2019

Bibliography: Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses

Mary and Eliza Freeman and houses A History of Connecticut’s Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe, by Charles Brilvitch.  Charleston, S.C.:  History Press, 2007 Binder:  Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses, Bridgeport, CT:  Structural Condition Survey and Report, prepared by Norden, James F., P.E.; Gibble Norden Champion Brown Consulting Engineers, Old ...

March 30, 2011
Bridgeport’s Better Breakfast Program
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Bridgeport’s Better Breakfast Program

by Brittney Murphy When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the nation embraced for total mobilization. In addition to marshaling military resources, the federal government enlisted the cooperation of civilians, businesses, the media, and local governments to assist in the war effort. In ...

June 28, 2018
Bridgeport’s Hispanic Community:  Rediscovering Elizabeth Medina, Hispanic Activist and Reporter
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Bridgeport’s Hispanic Community: Rediscovering Elizabeth Medina, Hispanic Activist and Reporter

By Benjamin Ortiz During the late 40's and early 50's, Bridgeport was an important nucleus for the migration of Puerto Ricans and many Cubans. They left their Caribbean homeland in search of better opportunities for their families. These pioneering families such as the Pericas, Faria, Medina, Diaz, Arias, and Batalla, are just ...

Bridgeport’s Rosie the Riveter
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Bridgeport’s Rosie the Riveter

Marge Schneider should be an inspiration to young women today. During World War II, Marge Schneider lived with her family on Barnum Avenue near Central. With the flurry of war around her, Marge took a job at the Bridgeport Brass Company on Grand Street. Marge ...

January 27, 2014
Congressional Red-Hunters Set Their Sights on Bridgeport
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Congressional Red-Hunters Set Their Sights on Bridgeport

By Andy Piascik In September 1956, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, commonly known as HUAC, came to Connecticut. The purpose was to hold hearings about activities of the Communist Party in New Haven and Bridgeport. HUAC had been formed in 1938 and was in its ...

May 16, 2016
Labor  Politics  Women  
Everyday Heroes Fight for Patient Care
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Everyday Heroes Fight for Patient Care

If it is true that the test of a society is how well it cares for its most vulnerable people, then Bridgeport’s health care workers can be proud of the high standard they have set. For decades they have fought for improved patient care, increased ...

June 01, 2016
Fanny Crosby
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Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby, whose formal name was Francis Van Alstyne, was one of the corner stones of Bridgeport and a beacon for Bridgeport women. Her creative ingenuity inspired people all over the world, and her songs have been sung by generations of church-goers. As early as age 8, ...

January 18, 2011

Kathleen Moore

 1812-1899 The story of Kate Moore, the lighthouse keeper who kept the lights aglow in Black Rock Harbor is a wonderful tale of the sea of long ago. In 1817, Captain Stephen Moore was injured while unloading goods from a ship.  Stephen then applied for a job ...

January 18, 2011
Featured  Maritime  Women  
Kathleen Moore, 1812-1899
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Kathleen Moore, 1812-1899

By:  Mary K. Witkowski The story of Kate Moore, the lighthouse keeper who kept the lights aglow in Black Rock Harbor is a wonderful tale of the sea of long ago. In 1817, Captain Stephen Moore was injured while unloading goods from a ship.  Stephen then applied ...

June 28, 2018
Maritime  Women  
Marge Schneider:  Bridgeport’s Own Rosie the Riveter
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Marge Schneider: Bridgeport’s Own Rosie the Riveter

This young lady was amazing. In 1942, Marge Schneider lived with her family on Barnum Avenue near Central Avenue. With the flurry of war around her, Marge took a job at the Bridgeport Brass Company on Grand Street. Marge walked to work. With the men all ...

February 18, 2014
Labor  Women  
Nellie Painter (Eleanor G. Painter)
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Nellie Painter (Eleanor G. Painter)

By Mary Witkowski Eleanor Painter was, according to the Bridgeport Post March 18, 1945, a “Veteran Teacher… Leader in Cultural Activities in the City since 1864.” When Nellie Painter got to school in June of 1891, she knew she would be posing for a photograph. She had ...

August 10, 2016
Education  Women  
Olympia Brown
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Olympia Brown

By Mary K. Witkowski Birth:  January 5, 1835, Prarie Ronde, Michigan Died:  October 23, 1926, Baltimore, Maryland August 18th, 1920.  Olympia Brown smiled to herself with satisfaction.  After working diligently for the rights of women since she was young, she could at last take a deep breath.  She ...

The Bridgeport Teachers’ Protest of 1915

By Carolyn Ivanoff Reading a newspaper you can witness the first draft of history from world to local news. In the spring of 1915 the sinking of the Lusitania factored largely in headlines along with the war in Europe. Local and national labor news would also ...

July 24, 2019
Education  Labor  Women  
The Day Casco’s Workers Sat Down on the Job
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The Day Casco’s Workers Sat Down on the Job

by Andy Piascik It was an event that lasted less than a day and involved only 50 people directly. It was organized, led and carried out by everyday workers and thus contradicted the mainstream narrative that only big people make history. Many of the participants were ...

February 01, 2016
Industry  Labor  Women  
Three Women
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Three Women

By Michelle Black-Smith In the spring of 2018, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with three unique, creative, and insightful people.  These individuals inhabit all four spaces – Black, Woman, Artist, Bridgeport Native – and they do so with great pride, expression and articulation ...

June 27, 2018
Art  Women  
Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth:   Making the Most From Extraordinary Times
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Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth: Making the Most From Extraordinary Times

By Mary K. Witkowski, Editor: Ann Marie Virzi In her 99 years on earth, Viola Bridgeforth, born in 1897, lived through many if not most of the profound changes that African-Americans and women in general experienced in the 20th century. Through all the changes, Viola Bridgeforth ...