New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B13_F05_Simonson
Photograph of Mrs. Charles E. Simonson, president of a support league during World War I, c. 1919.
What can you infer about background of the women who participated in WWI support leagues from the picture of Mrs. Charles E. Simonson and the caption above it? Who could afford to dedicate time to the goals of the support leagues?
Although women generally assumed traditional gender roles with respect to their responsibilities in the WWI war effort, how could this have helped the women’s suffrage movement?
Why were women’s support leagues necessary?
Was WWI a watershed for women’s rights or a missed opportunity?
Art: Draw a poster depicting women’s importance in aiding in the war effort.
Science: What medicinal advancements were made in the years coming up to WWI that help nurses take care of wounded soldiers?
Kennedy, David, et al. The American Volume 2: Since 1865. 13th ed. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.