Faculty Presentation: Women, Work and World War II

Faculty Presentation: Women, Work and World War II

Learn how the portrayal of women changed in the media before, during and after the war in this presentation by Judith Dutill, assistant professor of communication at Central Penn College. The lecture is part of the quarterly Faculty Research Colloquium Series.

“World War II brought newfound challenges and opportunities for American women,” says Dutill, who also serves as director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the college. “As the roles of women began to change, so did the way they were portrayed in the media,” she says.

For some background on the presentation, Dutill shared these four key statistics:

  1. 350,000 women served in the Armed Forces in World War II
  2. 1 out of 4 married women worked outside the home
  3. Female employment grew by 10%
  4. Female employment in the defense industries grew by 462%

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the college’s campus located at 600 Valley Road, Summerdale

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