Angela Penny

Mother of four daughters, involved in Women 2000 Reenactment of Worcester’s 1850 Women’s Rights National Convention

"The women of that time were very vocal about their opinions, they wanted the right to vote, they wanted representation in government, and they didn’t want to pay taxes for something they didn’t have any representation in…so that was something that they fought strongly for. It was quite an honor to be a part of it, I learned so much about that time, the people that were involved, and knowing that it happened right here in Worcester made it that much more important."

Angela Penny was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1955 and attended North High School. Being born into a conservative working class family, Angela was always surrounded by relatives. Growing up in Worcester, she witnessed several changes in the community, such as the growing health care industry. Angela married four years out of high school, and chose to suspend her education while becoming a homemaker and mother. She is now proud of all four of her daughters, who have all attended college. Although being a mother has been her primary concern, Angela stressed her, “thirst for knowledge,” which she has satisfied with her many part-time jobs, such as secretarial work in a psychiatric hospital and in the Worcester Historical Museum. She is very proud of the “wealth of knowledge” she has obtained in her diverse experiences and looks forward to continuing her education, now that she has raised her children to adulthood. Angela treasures the city of Worcester, in which she remains active in the community. She was involved in some of Worcester’s historically monumental events, such as the reenactment of the 1850 Women’s Rights Convention, held at Mechanics Hall in 2000.
Interview Date: 
April 16, 2008