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Discovery Room 11: The Changing Roles of Women

Discovery Room 11

Your eyes will naturally go first to this Charleston telephone switchboard when you walk into this discovery room. Complete with switches, plugs and even old phone directories, it’s hard to miss. Working at the telephone switchboard was one of the first jobs available to women who were just entering the workforce. This room highlights the changing roles of women at home and at work. You can examine the evolving domestic roles of women in this room. Can you remember your grandmother – or perhaps your mother – using these kitchen tools? Can you imagine sitting under a hairdryer like this one?

During this era, everyday activities like making jams and jellies became businesses for women who wanted to make extra money. See the story of Callie Tsapsis of Weirton. She was West Virginia’s first female trial judge. This is also the time when cottage industries begin to take hold in West Virginia.

Discovery Room 11

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

Continue to Explore, or return to the preview homepage:

Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music

Museum Hours of Operation

Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

For more information call: (304) 558-0220