The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women – because we’ve always been curious about: menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness, and medicine.


For instance…

In an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did women in colonial America do when they had their periods?

What were early American birth control methods?
It was suggested that colonial women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, or insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina.

“The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.”

Louise Otto-Peters

The Not-So-Good Life of The Colonial Goodwife makes audiences laugh and grimace. We never expect to laugh at historical presentations, but laughter is one of the most important things in communication. Laughter is good for us physically, but that’s just the beginning. Laughter brings us closer to each other, especially when it occurs spontaneously and unexpectedly. It catches us by surprise and we respond with laughter. Laughing trigger the brain’s reward centers, releasing dopamine, which helps the brain experience pleasure.

The presentation also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels – it’s a virtual presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.

Perhaps women need to be reminded how far we’ve come to see how far we still can go!


Grace Hunter

Director of Programming at Food for Thought

Eye-opening, energetic, inspirational, and entertaining – whether you’re interested in history, or not!”

Arnetta Jean Manno

Truly amazing presentation! Informative, funny, sad.
Thank God I’m here and not around then!

Tammy Eustis

Director, Killingworth Library, CT

Astonishment, flinching, and hilarity ~ it was all present at last night’s presentation of The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife! Many thanks to Velya and Ehris for an entertaining ~ and educational ~ evening. Everyone has been raving about the talk today – so much fun!

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