Women have always been (and will always be) community builders. It was the women who held the communities together during the colonization of this country. They have also been the ones that find ways to help in wars.
In war, the men know exactly what is expected of them. For women it is not as clear but they seek out where they can be most useful. Many wars, starting with the war for our independence, have found women right on the front lines. Civil War historian Frank Moore said, “The story of the war will never be fully or fairly written if the achievements of women in it are untold.”
Over the years, women’s desire and ability to pull people together for a common cause was the power behind the start of many war relief organizations.