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World War I required the marshalling of the resources of the United States as never before.  Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material-guns, new weapons such…

This World War II–era booklet is one in a series produced by the Kelvinator appliance company as part of a “wartime idea exchange for home economists.”  Kelvinator held a national contest for home economists and published the top 40…

Not everyone had the right to vote and participate in the development of laws. The Constitution stated that all men were created equal, but it left out the rights of women. In Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, women declared that they too deserved the…

Maggie Lena Walker was an influential business and social leader in turn-of-the-century Richmond. Although later in life Walker would insist that she was born in 1867, notably the same year as the founding of the Independent Order of Saint Luke,…

Maggie Lena Walker was an African American banker, business women and civic leader who overcame adversary and discriminating laws by becoming the first women, white or black, to establish and become the president of a bank in the United States.…

This document shows a portrait of Mary Willing Byrd painted in the early 1770’s by artist Matthew Pratt. After placing three advertisements in the Virginia Gazette, William Byrd hired Pratt to paint a portrait of his second wife Mary Willing…

Molly Pitcher is a fabled figure said to have fought during the Revolutionary War. Women served in many capacities during the Revolution, doing everything from laundry to serving as armed and uniformed soldiers. The name “Molly Pitcher” is a…

Pocahontas (also known as Matoaka, Amonute, and Rebecca) was an Indian and one of the daughters of Indian chief Powhatan. She is known for a historical anecdote where she reportedly saved the life of the English explorer John Smith in 1607, during…

Touted as the largest and most magnificent exposition of all time, the New York World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadow in April 1939. In the Court of States, one exhibition was strikingly different from the rest: the Virginia Room, “an island of…

After many of the regular farmhands joined the military or industrial forces in World War II, the Women's Land Army was formed in order to provide essential labor to American farms and farmers. From 1943 to 1945 the Women's Land Army recruited,…
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