Wisconsin Women during World War II Oral History Project Interviews, 1992-1994

Appendix: Interview Questions, Wisconsin World War II Women's Oral History Project

  1. Where were you and what were you doing when you heard about Pearl Harbor?
  2. What were some of the first changes in your life after the U.S. went to war?
  3. What are the first things that you remember happening that were different than your usual routine?
  4. What type of activities did you do during the war?
  5. Were you single or married at the time of the war? Did your marital status change during the course of the war?
  6. If you were in school, how did your schooling change during the war?
  7. Were you employed outside of the home? During what period of time did you have this job? Was this the only job that you held during the war? If not, what others did you have, and what periods of time did they cover?
  8. How did life in your community change as a result of the war? Did the war act to bring the community together? Why or why not?
  9. Were you better or worse off financially during the war? Did you or your family have more trouble paying the bills during wartime than at other times?
  10. Did the church sponsor volunteer programs to aid in the war effort? If so, what type of activities did they sponsor? Did the church sponsor social events?
  11. Do you feel that there was a sense of camaraderie among the women who were on the home front during the war?
  12. What was an average day like for you during the course of the war? How was that different than prior to the war? How did your responsibilities in the home change?
  13. How did your neighborhood change during the war, or did it change at all?
  14. How did the war change your life? What did you think of the war then? How do you feel about it now?
  15. Where were you when FDR died? Do you remember V-E and V-J days?