Meet the Author: John Cilio
Join us as author John Cilio, who recently published Women's Work in WWII, shares some of the stories that he dug up over six years of research. The book has over 300 illustrations and is filled with stories about the women who stepped into traditionally male jobs during the war. Event begins at 7 p.m.
Cilio explained that most people don't consider the roles women played during and after the war. "The lumberjacks either were drafted or enlisted. Women took over their jobs and became known as 'lumberjills.'"
Not only did women break down barriers during the war, but continued to do so after the men came home. They would not accept the step back to their previous role, but fought in and with Congress, the president, and unions to create equal pay for equal work and stop gender discrimination in the workplace.
The event will end with a book signing. Books will be available at the Museum Shop for purchase.
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society