By law, Francesca Benson (then Stonaker) had to stop teaching when she adopted her children. In 1969, she joined the central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and was soon drawn into a committee tasked with setting up full-time day nursery. Alongside fellow activists, Francesca found and lost premises, recruited teachers, […]
Elisabeth (Liz) Hagen, who comes from South Africa, lived in southern Africa and Great Britain before moving to Princeton in 1969. She quickly became involved in the central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), including on the committee examining sex stereotyping in early school readers. Liz was soon drawn into the
Emily Liu moved to Princeton a few years ago with her husband and two children. She grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. Emily discusses her initial impressions of Princeton and how much she has grown to love the community. She enjoys the seasons, access to cultural attractions, local restaurants, her welcoming neighborhood, and volunteering with the
Ida Belle Dixon, celebrating her 100th birthday in 2019, shares memories of growing up in Georgia and moving to Princeton during high school. She recounts stories of taking care of children throughout her life and shares changes she has seen in Princeton over several decades.
A native of northern New Jersey, Dan Rappaport moved to the Princeton area in 1976 and has lived in or near town ever since. He has worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Thompson International Group, and several service jobs for local businesses. Dan talks about the community’s physical and social changes during his
Pam Wakefield grew up in Bloomfield, NJ. She and her spouse, Bill, raised their children in Montclair before relocating the family to Princeton in the early 1980s to be closer to Bill’s workplace. Pam worked for years in the Princeton University Department of Psychology as a research assistant for Professor George Miller. She became active