Tracking Factory Girls Before, During, and After WWI: A Case Study from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Julie Tabberer (Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Grand Rapids Public Library) will highlight Grand Rapids women employed outside their homes, the doors opened personally and professionally for them even before the disruptions of war provided further opportunities in a working world previously off limits.
"WANTED--Girls, Bring Overalls": Two Angles on Wartime Working Women |
Katelyn VerMerris (West Virginia University) will contextualize the local by looking at national trends among women in industry during the war years and will consider issues with unions, the politics of farm work, and the role of clothing and uniforms.
Money and Maternalism: The Pressures of War and Battles for Reform
| Anna Stoutenburg (Cornerstone University) will broaden focus to the national context of Women in Industry committees to consider how conflicts and confusions affected everyday realities for working women, as well as the reform projects of women’s committees to improve the workplace for women.