Rebecca White, University of Maine
Known initially as the GI Wives Club, and later as “Mrs. Maine” club, a small group of mid-century student wives achieved remarkable improvements for all families at the University of Maine. What began as an organization for student wives evolved by the mid-1950s into a popular campus club, regularly featured in the yearbook, and open to all married women students or wives of students. Using records from the University archives, college yearbooks, and newspaper articles as by evidence, I argue they used their status as both veterans’ wives and mothers to push for long-term university support of their campus projects: a cooperative day care center and a children’s health clinic. Read More.