The popular view of women in the years following World War II has come to be of homemakers like television's Donna Reed and June Cleaver who maintained picture perfect households in suburban settings. In many cases this was indeed the primary role assumed by women of the era, but it wasn't the only one. Women pursued advanced degrees, became professionals, held office, excelled in sports, fought for equal rights, and became civically involved, and often while running those households.
The San Fernando Valley has come to exemplify the post-War suburban growth that took place throughout the country and the Valley Timesnewspaper was there to document this expansion along with the Valley's dynamic women in their various roles. Come join Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the LAPL Photo Collection and author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel as she explores the changing roles of women through the lens of the library's Valley Times' image archive.