October 5, 2019

"Women’s Work during Prohibition," by Alison Staudinger


Prohibition was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages, mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Some women were outspoken proponents of Prohibition, claiming that the cost and effects of alcohol were detrimental to women, children, and family economics. There were also women who spoke out publicly against Prohibition and worked to repeal the amendment, claiming the original intention was lost and that the law had made things worse for mothers and children. Over the course of thirteen ‘dry’ years, some women’s work, and attitudes, changed to match the times. This talk will focus on the stories of real Wisconsin women and consider how the value of work in the home changed during Prohibition and how it is valued today.


Marathon County Historical Society / Woodson History Center
410 McIndoe St
Wausau WI, 54403-4745

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