Ohio Women’s History Project
Do you love history? Are you intrigued to find out more about the women in your state? Then this is a great place for you to be. I began writing on here as a hobby in September 2015 and this has now segued into a project that I wish to turn into a business. Ohio Women’s History Project will help to educate and raise awareness to other people in our state about another part of history that they may not have heard about. How did I come to create this website?
Once upon a time, as a young reader, women’s history books were the genre I became captivated by. As I grew up, I began to write for myself and found that my roots crept into the pages. I studied my own ancestry and learned of my Appalachian, German, Irish/Scotch, English and possibly Native American history. Returning to my homeland several years ago, after living abroad, I found a different place than what I grew up in.
I have created this blog/website as an homage to the women who ARE/WERE Transformed. For women who might have come from humble beginnings and were in a time when it wasn’t so easy to be heard and make things happen. I want young women and older women to realize that you can have the life you want now. That you can make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. I chose Ohio Women because this is where I came from. There are other women’s history books out there that talk about women from around the world. This is a segment of our population that I would like to share. I want you to be transformed by these women, who had a lot more obstacles to confront then we have now and yet they persevered, were determined and became social change agents.
**Are you a woman from Ohio and passionate about writing? I welcome volunteer contributors to bring more interesting stories to the blog. These are famous women, infamous women, unsung heroines who have made some contribution to the progress of women, to our state, or exceptional stories of strong and courageous women that no one will know about. They can be from another state or country originally but spent time in Ohio and as a result became extraordinary women. If so, write to me at ladyjatbay @ gmail.com
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The photo above comes from the Ohio History Connection blog. The title is Scioto Ordnance Plant Line Worker’s photograph. The place in the photo is Marion, Ohio in Marion County. The date is circa 1942-1945.
Information about this photo: The United States Army acquired by right of eminent domain many farms northeast of Marion in 1942 to construct the Scioto Ordnance Plant, a bomb-making facility. The factory was a major employer in the area and manufactured “goop bombs” and other explosives. This photograph shows the women and man who made up an assembly line. Phyllis Eckard is at the left in the front row. Victoria Lola Seas Thomas is in the front row, second from the left in this 5″ by 7″ (12.7 by 17.8 cm) photograph. After the United States entered World War II, there was a labor shortage due to the departure of men who enlisted or were drafted into the armed forces. To fill the gap, more than 6 million women became war workers. Those who were involved in the production of military hardware became Women Ordnance Workers, or W.O.W.s. Spurred on by higher wages and a propaganda poster featuring a muscle-bound “Rosie the Riveter” exclaiming “We Can Do It!” millions of American women helped assemble bombs, build tanks, weld hulls, and grease locomotives. Most were married, 60 percent were over 35, and a third had children under 14. On average, women war workers were paid only 60 percent of what men performing the same work were paid. The government insisted that “Rosie the Riveter” was a temporary response to war. “A woman is a substitute” claimed a War Department brochure, “like plastic instead of metal.” Indeed, many women lost their high-paying positions after the war.