During World War II, more than 80,000 women volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy. The women were known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). In 2007, Kathleen Ryan began collecting the stories of women who served during this era via digital video and audio recordings. The women were now in their 80s and 90s when the project began, so it was important that their stories are preserved for future generations.
Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II tells their stories. The project features a documentary film, blog and multiple social media platforms. We’ve also experimented with geo-located stories (check out our pages on TagWhat) and other outlets.
Head over to our website to find out more about the women who were “the hinges of history.”
Homefront Heroines premiered at Through Women’s Eyes at the Sarasota Film Festival in 2013 and was an official selection at the San Pedro International Film Festival. It won a Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence in 2014 and received the support of numerous grantors, including the Ohio Humanities Council (plus some fabulous donors who supported our Kickstarter campaign).