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Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War
So-called traditional roles for women in the 1950s as housewives and mothers have been well documented. Yet millions of women took advantage of the opportunity to expand their roles by either being employed by or volunteering for civil defense agencies and organizations. The Federal Civil Defense Administration set its goal as having women constitute up to 70 percent of the national civil program, and women responded. Women held management and operational positions, and served as block wardens, auxiliary police officers, nurses, and many other positions. These women have been largely overlooked by historians, which makes it important to examine their essential participation in the nation’s defense during this critical time in our history.
This event is funded by the Florida Humanities Florida Talks program in partnership with the North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Date/time: March 9 @ 12:00 pm
Presented By:Michael Scheibach, Ph.D.