11:30 a.m.: Reception
Women’s roles changed significantly in World War II America. Many were conscripted to join the war effort and wielded new power through jobs outside the home.
But, their influence wasn’t limited to factory floors. Some women used their social and political positions to fight back against isolationism and sound the alarm about the plight of Europe’s Jews. A select few even put their lives at risk to organize acts of rescue.
Join us to explore the role of the everyday woman during this era, as well as the mindset and motivations of a few extraordinary individuals who dared to act, including Lois Gunden, Edith Rogers, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Denise Kiernan, Producer and Writer (author of The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II and The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home)
Gretchen Skidmore, Director, Education Initiatives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lori Ann Terjesen, Director of Education, National Women’s History Museum
Join the conversation online using #AskWhy and #USHMM
This program is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
For more information, please contact the Museum's Northeast Regional Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.983.0825.
Co-presented with the Park Avenue Synagogue Women's Network