Former recipient of UO CSWS grant makes WAVES
Kathleen Ryan, a University of Oregon graduate and associate professor of journalism and communication at the University of Colorado, is turning her doctorate project on women veterans of World War II into a film.
Ryan received a graduate student research grant from the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society in 2007 while working on her doctorate, "When Flags Flew High: Propaganda, Memory and Oral History for World War II Female Veterans." Her project through the UO School of Journalism and Communication was an oral history on the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services – or WAVES – of World War II.
Three years after the completion of her project, Ryan has received several other grants, including awards from the Schlesinger Library and the Ohio Humanities Council, to help produce the film. “The money was used to travel to archives on the East Coast for research, which was crucial in the project’s research and development phase,” Ryan says.
The film, called "Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II," follows a group of determined women who decided to go where no woman had gone before – into the Navy as WAVES. Homefront Heronies tells the story of the more than 100,000 women who joined the Navy during World War II.
“We’d like to take one of the WAVES featured (Margaret Thorngate of Florence) to the USS Missouri so that she can show us where one of her key stories took place,” Ryan said in a recent e-mail to the UO’s CSWS.
Ryan is currently in the process of raising money to help with post-production expenses including rights and clearances for archival film and historical music, color correction, audio mixing and other production elements.
“I’m currently in post-production on the documentary and am also in the midst of a kick-starter campaign to help raise funds to shoot the last act of the film and digitize some archival material,” she said.
To learn more about Ryan's project, or to get involved with the film, visit www.homefrontheroines.com.