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Women and the War Effort
During World War II the U.S. government mounted an extensive propaganda campaign encouraging women to join the war effort. In the fall of 1943, the Office of War Information mounted the "Women in Necessary Services" campaign.
Mary Walker
Dr. Mary Walker

It began in 1848 in a small town in New York when five women got together for tea. The conversation soon turned to the limitations on their lives and before they knew it, they were planning a convention to discuss the "rights of women."

Since that time, other important events have shaped the lives of women in our country:

The Woman Suffrage Amendment was introduced in the U. S. Congress in 1878. The wording remained unchanged and didn't pass both houses until 1919.

The 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was ratified in 1920, and women were granted the right to vote.

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