Episode 10: Women in the War

  • Author: Laura Bang
  • Published: February 6, 2019

This episode takes a closer look at women’s contributions to the war efforts. The war opened more opportunities for women, even before the U.S. officially entered the war in 1917. Although many men disapproved of women’s work, there were also some powerful men who supported roles for women, such as Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and General John J. Pershing. Women participated as doctors and nurses, as well as organizing numerous activities on the homefront, both in support of the war effort and in support of peace. We begin with some updates on the women’s suffrage movement.

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Historical documents for this episode were accessed through the digital collections of the Digital Library@Villanova University and the Library of Congress. The theme music is from “Til We Meet Again” as performed by Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra. The Mail Call podcast is a project of Home Before the Leaves Fall: a Great War Centennial Exposition. For more information, visit wwionline.org.

This episode featured the voice talents of Beaudry Allen, Gabriella Bernocco, Deborah Bishov, Gina Duffy, Hunter Houtzer, Laura Hutelmyer, Demian Katz, Rob LeBlanc, Ruth Martin, Taras Ortynsky, William Repetto, Kallie Stahl, David Uspal, Marianne Watson, and Sarah Wingo.

Narrator: Chris Hallberg

Editor: Matthew Gray

Editor & Producer: Gabriella Bernocco

Executive Producer: Laura Bang


Last Modified: February 6, 2019