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Title:Memorial Stadium and the Mystery of University Women during World War One
Author(s):Nickerson, Abby
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Abstract:The purpose of this research is to provide an overview of women’s lives during World War I and to examine why university women continue to be underrepresented in historical records. The study focuses specifically on the life and death of Gladys Gilpatrick, a woman who lost her life working as a nurse during WWI. Among the pillars at Memorial Stadium dedicated to students, faculty and alumni who lost their lives in WWI, there is only one pillar dedicated to a woman: Gladys Gilpatrick, a 1917 graduate and member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. On the basis of literature, internet, and archival research (including the Daily Illini), the project shows that Gladys died of influenza while working as a student nurse in Philadelphia. Her sorority made a donation to have her name etched on the pillar. Although women participated in efforts related to the war, they were rarely mentioned and acknowledged in the media. Their athletic achievements were ignored as well.
Issue Date:2006-05-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-24

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.
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    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.

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