Why the name Bluestocking Ball? Well, let's let the words speak for themselves:
1. a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.
1. a large, usually lavish, formal party featuring social dancing and sometimes given for a particular purpose, as to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization.2. Informal . a thoroughly good time
During the Regency, 'bluestocking' was a derogatory term. Educated and opinionated women were frowned upon in polite society. Females with intellectual pursuits were misfits. Even Jane Austen had to publish anonymously, as a female novelist was fodder for the gossip mill.
The Bluestocking Ball is a place to share and discuss our literary and intellectual interests. We'll chat about books and history and ideas. We'll talk about romance, and maybe someone will slip some champagne into the punch. In the nineteenth century, bluestockings were overlooked at balls. No respectable gentleman wanted to be seen with an undesirable lady. But at this ball, the bluestockings are taking over the floor.
So, welcome to the Bluestocking Ball. We're going to have a thoroughly good time.