Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel is always a good idea. Enjoying afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in tribute of the WWII-era women is a fantastic idea.
On October 28th, the Junior League of Chicago met at the Peninsula Hotel for its annual Founder’s Day Tea. The tea is a moment to reflect and pay homage to Lucy McCormick Blair Linn and ladies who helped her establish the Junior League of Chicago back in 1912. The tea itself was served with a flourish and attendees nibbled on scones, finger sandwiches and an array of dessert delights.
The event was kicked off with a welcome and homage to our founders by Ruth Gallagher Nelson, president of the Junior League of Chicago. Gallagher Nelson then introduced keynote speaker Claire Kitchin Dahl.
Kitchin Dahl is a former high school history teacher and current “Tribute” Rosie the Riveter. “Tributes” volunteer their time to spread awareness of the hard working women of America that dedicated their time and service during WWII. Rosie the Riveter is the face of countless women who went to work in factories and took up physically laborious jobs during WWII.
The “Tributes” are currently working to raise funds for the Yankee Air Museum located at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Michigan. During the war, over 40,000 workers, the majority of whom were women, worked at Willow Run. The facility produced over 8,000 B-24 bomber airplanes during war time. Willow Run is a symbol of the hard work and sacrifice American women put in during the WWII war effort.
WWII era women broke down barriers to fields that had previously been closed off to them. Their accomplishments were pivotal in changing what was seen as “suitable work” for women in the post war era. Although women may not have been on the front lines during WWII, their work on the home front pushed boundaries and created change — and for that, they are heroes!
By Kirsten Larson Butler, 2017-18 Topics and Trends staff member