'The Hidden Histories of a Million Wartime Women' You Need to Know
"In Britain during the second World War, one in ten of the women's population was a member of the Women's Voluntary Services. That's over a million women you've never heard of," says actress Patricia Routledge.
Routledge is the face of a recent Kickstarter project called "The Hidden Histories of a Million Wartime Women." The project aims to digitize the untold stories of women who did everything from transporting toddlers in donkey carts to cleaning gas masks as part of the Royal Voluntary Service — an organization helping people in need throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.
What's driving this massive campaign? Three-hundred thousand fragile pages from the monthly diaries of women spanning more than 50 years in Great Britain.
The stories are already recognized by UNESCO as one of the most important documents in the U.K. The Royal Voluntary Service now wants to publish every page and photograph online for free.
The project has since received more than $35,000 in funding from Kickstarter project backers.
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Photo Credit: SCREEN SHOT FROM THE HIDDEN HISTORIES OF A MILLION WARTIME WOMEN PROJECT. (KICKSTARTER)