Just Add Water: the changing role of Italian American women

Apr 05, 2019 1271

Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 9 am - 10:30 am Light Breakfast (coffee & cookies), Networking, and Presentation. History of the Italian Immigration Museum. 1834 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. The event is FREE OF CHARGE for all Filitalia members and $5 for non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve your ticket online. After World War II, the second wave of mass migration from Italy reached the United States.

Many Italian women who arrived during this period had to adapt to new and unfamiliar social and economic conditions. Mothers, who had the task of raising the children and providing for the welfare of the family, commonly demonstrated great courage and resourcefulness in meeting these obligations, often under adverse living conditions. Their cultural traditions remained strong as Italian immigrant women adapted to these new circumstances.

Leading this session is Dr. Judith Bonaduce, Professor of Nursing and writer from Philadelphia. Dr. Judith Bonaduce was born and raised in West Philadelphia and grew up in West Philadelphia in the 50’s. Judith is a professor of Nursing at several Pennsylvania universities; she has worked hard her entire career to not only become a great nurse but to also help teach future generations of nurses at schools in the area. Now in her 60s, Dr. Bonaduce finally feels free to talk about the family violence she witnessed as a girl. Using the pseudonym "Jesumarie", she wrote a memoir “Just Add Water”, published by iUniverse, about her experiences, witnessing the domestic abuse of her mother. Judith loves to read, crochet and write and is the author of several nursing articles.

SOURCE: Filitalia International

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