Posted by Amber Camper on November 11, 2011
Walleska Ecochicc partnered with Lori Rozdolsky of Chicago, hosted a Saloon with 30 of Chicago's finest women to support LYDIA, an organization that helps children and families in the Chicago area. To help support them in their efforts, 10% of the night's proceeds went to LYDIA. If you would like to donate or help in any way, please visit their website, www.lydiahome.org, for more information.
Solutions for families in crisis, help for the hurting and a home for abused children; LYDIA is going where the need is greatest. For more than 95 years, we have been providing hope and support to children and families in need. Each year LYDIA serves thousands of children and families in and around Chicago by helping them overcome overwhelming obstacles such as trauma from abuse and neglect. Please join us and together we’ll make a difference in the lives of children and families!
Our programs include: a residential treatment center (home for abused and neglected children), foster care, Safe Families for Children, Families First, counseling centers, Urban Academy (non-traditional high schools in Chicago and Rockford), Learn & Care (preschool) and a graduate training program.
ABOUT Salonnières (SALOONS)
Beginning in the 1630s, aristocratic women met in each other’s homes to entertain one another. Women were not allowed in universities. The salons were their intellectual alternative — places where they could discuss art, literature, and politics, as well as express their wit through storytelling. Eventually, some men joined them, but it was mostly a feminist phenomenon existing on the fringe of Louis XIV’s court.
At a time when society was defined and regulated almost completely by men, women could be a powerful influence only in the salon. Women were the center of the life in the salon and carried a very important role as regulators. They can select their guests and decide about the subjects of their meetings. Those subjects can be social,artistic, literary, or political. They also had the role as mediator by directing the discussion.
The salon was really an informal university for women in which women were able to exchange ideas, receive and give criticism, read their own works and hear the works and ideas of other intellectuals. Many ambitious women used the salon to pursue a form of higher education.
A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings aim was to, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th century and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.