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Defining Their Identity: The Changing Roles of Women in the Post-War Era - Opening Reception



Tuesday, July 15, 2014


6:00pm to 8:00pm


History/Genealogy Dept. - LL4


No reservations required. 


Come and join the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, Photo Friends, and the Valley Times Advisory Council in opening the new exhibit  Defining Their Identity: The Changing Roles Of Women in the Post-War Valley as Documented by the Valley Times Newspaper. Opening remarks will be provided by retired Valley Council Member Joy Picus. Photo Friends will have copies of a 150+ photo companion catalog available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

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 Times newspaper (1946-1970) was there to document this expansion along with the Valley's dynamic women. This latest exhibit explores the changing roles of women through the lens of the library's Valley Times' image archive.