Jessica Bartlett, West Texas A&M University

A Case Study Of Panhandle Women’s Clubs During WWII

Abstract: Often when studying the women of the second World War, the focus is on the working women who supported the industrial complex in the absence of the men. However, while they were certainly the most obvious contributors, there were other, less visible women who supported the war effort without calling attention to themselves by overtly rejecting or straining against their gender roles, instead working within the “feminine” sphere of influence to help organize their communities and educate themselves on the changing geopolitical climate and the repercussions those changes may have on them and their country. The war changed the way the domestic sphere operated, further eroding the barrier between the home and public, and opened many new paths for housewives and stay at home mothers as well as the working girl. By comparing four different collections of yearbooks and minutes from women’s clubs in the Texas Panhandle preserved from the war era, it is my hope to shed light on how exactly those changes manifested in the local area starting before the war and ending just beyond.

Presentation Author(s):
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