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Smith College students during World War II

The Seven Sisters Go to War: American Women’s Colleges During World War II

February 6 @ 12:15 pm1:00 pm
| Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2

Between 1941 and 1945, the U.S. government recruited students from the Seven Sisters, a prestigious group of women’s colleges, for service in the armed forces. From secret code breaking courses to naval officer training schools, these elite colleges—and their students—helped secure an Allied victory during World War II. This lecture will chronicle the contributions of American women’s colleges to World War II with a special focus on the women of Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, and Wellesley Colleges.

Amanda Goodheart Parks is a public historian specializing in study of women and gender. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked as a historian, museum educator, and historical interpreter at museums and historical sites throughout southern New England.

Presented by Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D.

The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.

Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.

Image courtesy of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History, Smith College


February 6
12:15 pm–1:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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