Re: Ruby flames and Rohrlich raves

Marie K Conrad (mkconrad@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 13:25:01 -0500

Your response raised some interesting questions re:volunteerism.
It was my understanding that volunteerism has, for a long time, been
considered the acceptable outlet for feminine energies in spheres that
are usually considered a "male domain." For example, look at the history
of poor relief and public health movements in the 19th century: the
"ladies societies" were often composed of volunteers who organized, went
out and worked, became the object of attention, and ended up bureaucratized
and run by men. I believe that the "finer sensibilities and instincts of
the ladies" was considered suited for doing the work, but not for
running the organizations. Questions of where people feel comfortable
in volunteering (or capable) and who gets the information are very valid.
Marie Conrad