ASHEBORO – When World War I broke out in 1914, North Carolina’s women were poised to support war-torn Europe because they already were organized to help the needy and vulnerable at home.
Learn about their unique contributions in “North Carolina’s Women ’Do Their Bit’ During WWI,” a talk by historian and educator Dr. Angela Robbins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 5, at the Asheboro Public Library.
Robbins’ talk, a North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar event, is free and the public is invited.
When the U.S. entered the war in 1917, women encouraged one another to “do their bit,” coordinating local groups with newly-formed state and national organizations to provide care packages for soldiers, grow and preserve food during shortages, conduct Liberty Bond drives, and collect supplies for the Red Cross.
After the war, their activism helped empower them to claim the right to vote and shape their own destinies.
Robbins, an assistant history professor at Meredith College, holds a Ph.D. in history from UNC-Greensboro.
Her visit is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For more information, call 336-318-6803.