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Prime Time: Business and Professional Women's Club celebrates 85 years

The Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club's first Glee Club is shown in 1929. Seated, left to right: Ann Neisuler, Matilda B. Russ, Myra Whitcombe. Standing, left to right: Doris Francis, Belma Myers, Viola M. Vedder, Ellen M. Dewey, Lorena A. McGee, Nellie M. Doyle.
The Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club's first Glee Club is shown in 1929. Seated, left to right: Ann Neisuler, Matilda B. Russ, Myra Whitcombe. Standing, left to right: Doris Francis, Belma Myers, Viola M. Vedder, Ellen M. Dewey, Lorena A. McGee, Nellie M. Doyle.
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At a time when most of the women living in Schenectady were homemakers, a small group of working women met at the Hotel Van Curler to discuss the establishment of a club to promote business and professional women. It was the late 1920s, and the atmosphere of the country was changing. Women were bobbing their hair, advocating for women’s rights and challenging their traditional role in society. On May 11, 1927, the Schenectady Business and ...


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