Women Amidst War

Photo of women working for the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

The extreme demands of wartime industry and the loss of traditional family breadwinners to military service caused hardship, but also presented opportunities to women for employment, volunteerism, and activism that previously had been unavailable to them.

While many of these gains would be temporary, the Civil War nonetheless represents an important step forward in American society's view of the role of women.

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