The Ernestine L. Rose Bicentennial

Ernestine Rose. Image courtesy of WikiMedia.

Ernestine Rose was a nineteenth century Polish-born, Jewish atheist, freethinker, women’s rights activist, and abolitionist.  This year I researched Rose’s atheism and human rights advocacy in Priscilla Murolo’s Revolutionary Women class, so I was very excited to hear that the Ernestine Rose Society is sponsoring a Bicentennial Celebration in honor of her birthday.

When Rose arrived in the United States in 1836, she became involved in the annual Thomas Paine celebrations, honoring Paine on his birthday every year.  In taking her lead, please come out to learn more about Rose and honor her legacy!


Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m

Judson Memorial Church and Cultural Center

55 Washington Sq. South, Greenwich Village, New York. 

Actress/playwright, Janie Stockhamer will perform Ernestine Rose from her play, “Portraits of the Past: Jewish Women of Valor.”  Panelists Bonnie Anderson, Rosalyn Baxandall, Paula Doress-Worters, and Carol Kolmerten, all of whom have written and lectured on Rose, will discuss her remarkable life of visionary activism for women’s rights, abolition of slavery and freethought, followed by Q&A.  During intermission speakers’ books will be available for purchase and signing by authors. After the break, we will enjoy Ernestine’s birthday cake and honor her with a toast and small group discussion on activism for social justice.

Free and open to the public. Voluntary donations accepted.

For more reservations and reservations (recommended but not required), contact:

Paula Doress-Worters, Ph.D.:

Founding Director, Ernestine Rose Society; Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM

Museum of the City of New York.

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St., New York.

“Ernestine Rose, New York Radical.”

By the 1840s, Ernestine L. Rose (1810–1892), a Polish immigrant and a rabbi’s daughter, had emerged as one of the leading reformers and feminists in the United States. Her compelling oratory linked three reform movements: women’s rights, the abolition of slavery, and religious free thought. In 2009 Ernestine Rose was included on the Museum of the City of New York’s list of the 400 movers and shakers in the city’s history. In honor of the bicentennial of Rose’s birth, join leading scholars Paula Doress-Worters, author of Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine L. Rose, Early Women’s Rights Leader and Bonnie Anderson, author of Joyous Greetings: The First International Women’s Movement, for a presentation on Rose’s work in New York City and her impact on the women’s movement nationally and internationally on the rise of advocacy for women’s rights and other progressive reforms.

RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. Please call 917.492.3395.

$12 Non-Members; $8 Seniors and Students; $6 Museum Members

*A two dollar surcharge applies for unreserved, walk-in participants.

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