New Jersey Women's History
Women in War Time
1776 Memorial honoring the patriotic dead. Hannah White Arnett . . . Her patriotic words, uttered in the dark days of 1776, summoned discouraged men to keep Elizabethtown loyal to the cause of American independence.”
1776 Oil Portrait of Jannetje Vrelandt Drummond, 1776 Jannetje Vrelandt Drummond, a daughter of prosperous Dutch farmers in Bergen County, was a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War.
1861 Grave of Annie L. Reeder (1825-1904) A nurse at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 4, 1863. Bordentown Cemetery, Bordentown, NJ.
1861 Grave of Arabella Wharton Griffith Barlow (1824-1864), Civil War Nurse. Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, New Jersey.
1864 "My Jersey Blue" by Ellen Clementine Howarth (1827-1899).
1918 NJ State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, War-time Address to the 3rd annual convention.
1942 World War II rationing When nationwide food rationing was instituted in the spring of 1942, every New Jersey housewife became part of the World War II home front effort.
1943 Buying Victory Gardens Having a garden became a patriotic act as well as a way to get fresh foods on the table.
1943 Women Workers during war time. Thousands of New Jersey women entered defense work during World War II doing a wide variety of jobs.
1943 Marion Hankins, a member of a World War II aircraft riveting team that helped build TBM Avengers Airplanes, 1943
1943 Ruth Cheney Streeter She was serving as the first woman president of the Morris County Welfare Board when she was appointed director of the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve in 1943.
1944 Mary Nagao Many Japanese American women, men, and children, who had been interned in the Western United States under Executive Order 9066 during World War II, resettled in New Jersey in Upper Deerfield Township to work at Seabrook Farms.
1945 Joy Bright Hancock Joy Bright Hancock (1898-1986), a native of Wildwood, saw temporary duty in the United States Navy in World War I. She joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II, becoming one of its first officers.
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