Category: FREE Event, Historical & Cultural

Ohio Woman in War Time, 1917-1945

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Location Information

Location: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Time: 2:00 PM to 11:59 PM
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW
Canton, Ohio

Contact Information

Phone: 330.455.7043

As part of our programming for the Keller Gallery exhibition Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront (a traveling exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum), Susan Talbot-Stanaway will present her program “Ohio Women in Wartime, 1917-1945.”

In two World Wars, Ohio women entered new roles in the workplace and adapted to activities at home that would make a major contribution to America’s success on the battlefield.  Their achievements led to the granting of Suffrage in Ohio in 1920. In both wars, Ohio women pulled on the uniforms of nurse, Navy, and Marines. Women gained leadership in community activities, employment in factory work, war gardens, in baking without wheat flour, and supporting soldiers and soldiers’ families. Women, including women of color, took advantage of new opportunities in education, professions, and industry, though overall discrimination did not markedly decrease.  This talk will cover change in attitude, culture, beliefs, and law in Ohio, using original photographs, narratives, and war posters. Short biographies of several truly remarkable Ohio women will be included.  This program is presented FREE through Ohio Humanities.

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