Ruth Herring

As Interviewed by Caroline Cullinane, March 18, 2018

Ruth Herring: In Her Own Words

It was so incredible to have women being respected for the work they did. You know, that was just a big change and I can’t even imagine that it happened. And that ended when the war ended, and the boys came home, and big signs up all over, that the boys are coming home to take over your job, now you can go back to your aprons. And that’s really what happened, when the boys came home, all these women here, were waiting for the guys to get home, and they’d get married, and they’d build a house, and lots and lots of homes in suburbs --the suburbs were being developed. And having children, lots of children were being born then, and the women stayed home, and it was just kind of different. And that was a lull, from about late 40s to into the 50s.

And when the 60s came, the women looked around, their kids were gone, they had no professions, and they said “Whoops! What’s happening here?” So, in that time, they had to have a whole new women’s movement, and that just changed the attitude of the country, the women protesting, that they’ve got a job and they weren’t paid as much is the men, and they weren’t treated with respect. And you know, it was everything that you hear now, we heard back then in the 60s. So each of these have been breakthroughs kind of, and in my household, where I was becoming a little bit more free because the kids were getting a little older, I was able to stay home. My husband was earning a good living, and I became interested in the League of Women Voters. And the League of Women Voters an enactment trying to get justice enacted. And by that time we were working on unequal treatment for blacks, terrible, unequal treatment for Indians in Minnesota, and working for the social equality, economic equality for women.