“We Can Do It!” proclaims Rosie the Riveter, the now iconic image of American women supporting the home front during World War II. But did you know that Rosie was far from the first American woman to support the country through war?
March is celebrated as Women’s History Month, in recognition of the significant contributions women have made to American history. This year, Trexler Library is celebrating with a display titled “The Roles of America’s Women During Times of War.”
Women’s participation in American wartime spans from our earliest days as a country to modern warfare. For example, Sybil Ludington rode twice as far as Paul Revere to alert militia forces about advances of the British Army in 1777 and Jennie Hodgers posed as a man for three years to serve in the Union Army.
To learn more about these women and the many more who have served since then, visit our display in the Trexler Library lobby until the end of March. To view the resources used in the display and others in celebration of Women’s History Month, check out our corresponding guide: desales.libguides.com/WomensHistoryMonth.