Kansas Women, Work, and the Civil War, presented by Diane Eickhoff. During the Civil War, employment opportunities for women opened up, from nursing (which had been an all-male profession until then) to army laundresses to spies. Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government; turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms; and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield. This presentation uses historical photographs and current research to tell the fascinating story of women's work during the Civil War, with special emphasis on notable Kansas women.
Sponsored by: Bethel College, Life Enrichment.
Funded grant program of Kansas Humanities Council. Kansas Humanities Council grants provide funding in support of the development and implementation of public humanities projects across the state. Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities