Women in World War I: Sacrifice, Solidarity, Service

Top Pick November 8, 2017 Boston Free
(Photo: First World War Women's War Work Collection)
(Photo: First World War Women's War Work Collection)

World War I was a pivotal time for women in America. As millions of men went into uniform, thousands of women took on increased roles on the home front and the front lines. At a time when women didn’t have the right to vote, approximately 16,500 women served in France with the American Expeditionary Forces as nurses, telephone operators, drivers, and staff at soldier canteens and rest areas. At home, women answered the call by working in munitions plants, naval shipyards, the transportation industry, and making sacrifices at home to better serve soldiers overseas.

Learn how World War I was a transformative experience for many Massachusetts women, with panelists Ellen Smith, director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University; Margaret Higonnet, professor emerita of English at UCONN and editor of Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall; Jocelyn Gould, park guide of Boston National Historical Park and contributor to the World War I Yeowomen at the Charlestown Navy Yard project; and and Captain Beth Yeager Ahern, current Navy Reserve Regional Commander for Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii. Moderated by Clara Silverstein, community engagement manager at Historic Newton.

Contemporary readings from female voices will be delivered throughout the program.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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