The GGRWHC at MHA
When in 1917 the American wartime government established the Woman’s Committee of the Council of National Defense, 17,000 local organizations sprang up immediately. Invited in because of military needs, the nation’s women citizens made contributions ranging far beyond specific war needs and their traditional gender roles.
The GGRWHC has been digging out the forgotten history of these Americans and their wartime initiatives. When one third of American male draftees failed their physicals, the better care of American children became an important focus of their work.
Midwestern Women and the Children’s Programs
of the WWI Council of National Defense
Join us one hundred years later to honor the 1918 Children’s Year with fascinating on-the-ground reports featuring urban Grand Rapids and rural Jasper County, Indiana, and to see proof that women’s pre-war programs thrived when given a federal mandate—this time benefiting children. The second in GGRWHC’s three-year project illustrates initiatives to create a home defense by guaranteeing the health of the nation’s children.