New Jersey Women in History

Hammonton, N.J. – New Jersey women leaders in history will be the focal point of two new courses through the Stockton Institute of Lifelong Learning (SILL) in Hammonton–Kramer Hall.

Patricia Chappine, adjunct faculty member, author and historian, will be the instructor for “New Jersey Women During World War II” and “New Jersey Women’s Activism: From Suffrage to the Progressive Era.”

SILL courses are free of charge for Atlantic and Ocean County residents aged 60 or older. Courses are $45 for those who do not meet the aforementioned criteria.

New Jersey Women During World War II

During World War II, the need for women to step into roles long closed off to them set off an unprecedented wave of participation. Women joined the defense industry, welding and riveting alongside men. They volunteered for the Red Cross, setting up field hospitals and aiding the injured. They joined the military in the women’s branches of the Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Marines and flew as civilian pilots working with the Army Air Forces. This course will focus on the unique challenges New Jersey women faced as they navigated both the home front and abroad during WWII.

The course will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 3 to 24. 

New Jersey Women's Activism: From Suffrage to the Progressive Era

This course will detail the ways in which women's civic engagement in N.J. ushered in new legislation and regulations that helped workers, curbed child labor, created safety regulations for factory work, gained compensation for occupational diseases and much more. We will focus on the campaigns of the League of Women Voters and the Consumers League.

The course will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 31 to Nov. 28.*

*The course will skip the week of Nov. 20th in observance of Thanksgiving. 

About Patricia Chappine

Hammonton native Chappine, ’06 & ’09, is an adjunct professor for the History program in the School of Arts & Humanities. She is passionate about the preservation of history, as evidenced by her work with Stockton University’s Alliance Heritage Center, which recently unveiled a digital museum of the first successful Jewish farming colony in Pittsgrove Township.

Another passion of Chappine’s is educating others on the role that women played during World War II; she is the author of “New Jersey Women in World War II” and “New Jersey Women During World War II: On the Home Front and Abroad.”

Hammonton – Kramer Hall

Located in the historic Downtown Hammonton cultural hub, Stockton University's Kramer Hall provides students the opportunity to advance their careers through various graduate and Continuing Studies offerings.

Kramer Hall is located at 30 Front Street, Hammonton, N.J., 08037, and can be reached at (609)-626-3840.