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What to do: 1. Through an interview, find out about the experiences of women in your community or family in the 20th century. Interview Options: You can conduct your own interview of a female family member or community member (coach, friend, co-worker, or neighbor, etc).
You can also choose an interview from one of the following 20th century women’s Oral History Project websites: https://findingaids.smith.edu/repositories/2/resources/657
What to Ask/Look for in the Interview:
Find out a little about your interviewee’s life story overall. Try to find out about their experiences during some of the major century political, economic, or social events of the 20th century. (ex. the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War/1950s, Social movements of the 1960s, etc.) If they were not living in the US during this time, what comparable/significant events were taking place in the country where they lived? Try to find out how being a woman impacted their life, experiences, and opportunities. How did “domesticity” or the ideas of the “female sphere” (or comparable ideas) impact their lives? How did race/ethnicity/class/region/age impact their experiences? Gather relevant pictures if you can.
2. Choose two primary sources from Unit 3 that relate to the experiences of the women in your community or family. These sources can be any of the primary sources or any of the other primary sources in Through Women Eyes between pages 482-733. (Remember, the Primary Sources are in the GREEN sections of TWE). These sources could be either similar to or contrasting to your interviewee’s experience. For example:
If your grandmother was a stay-at home mother during the 1950s/1960s, you might consider how “Should Mothers of Young Children Work” (TWE 606-609) might provide some context for their experience. If your mom’s life was defined by domesticity even in the 1980s, a source like this could still be useful for comparison. If your Schlessinger library Oral History interview was about a woman who served in the military, you might choose “Sagawa and Campbell’s “Women in Combat (TWE 727-728) to compare to her experience. If your grandmother worked in factories in Russia in WWII, you might consider how the Hortense Johnson and Beatrice Morales Interviews (TWE 543-545) are similar or different from her experience. If your neighbor grew up in a country where women did not have many legal rights, you might consider how a ruling like Reed v Reed (A-12) might have benefited her. 3. Create a PowerPoint (or Google Slides) Presentation* that covers what you have learned about 20th century women’s lives in your community/family, and the relevant primary sources.
Remember, you have free access to Google Slides through your Los Rios Google Drive (Links to an external site.). How to make a presentation in Google Slides (Links to an external site.). Your PowerPoint should contain at least 10 slides with adequate text and images. There are several required elements:
1 Introduction Slide with your name and a title for your presentation. 1 slide introducing who was interviewed, the date/location of interview, and an overview of what was discussed.
3 Slides covering the specific information that you learned in your interview. 2 Slides covering the first primary source, and how it relates to your family member’s experience. Make sure to include quotes from the source to make your points. 2 Slides introducing the second primary source and how it relates to your family member’s experience. Make sure to include quotes from the source to make your points. 1 Closing Slide (with a listing of your sources used)
Any other slides that you want to add!
Be as creative as you would like!