How Civil War Expanded Women’s Roles

Dover, Tenn. –  Fort Donelson National Battlefield will be hosting a program sharing the new and expanding roles that women played during, or in response to social changes largely initiated by the Civil War.

The program, “Act Like a Girl – How the Civil War Expanded the Roles of Women in America,” will begin at 1 pm, Saturday, September 14, at the Fort Donelson Education Pavilion, 120 Fort Donelson Road, Dover.  The pavilion is located to the left of the park’s visitor center parking lot.

For this program, Fort Donelson Rangers will discuss the important and evolving roles of women in American culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and how the Civil War, Tennessee, and even the community of Dover itself, played a role in the national change.


Nineteenth century culture in America deemed that women should have certain gender specific roles: caregivers, mothers, or teachers.   The Civil War enabled some American women to challenge these traditional roles by becoming nurses, spies, and in some documented cases, soldiers.  Additional changes came in the early 20th century, when women obtained the right to vote.


Please contact Ranger staff at 931-232-5706 x 101 for additional information or updates.

Fort Donelson photo.