Women at work World War II posterscirca 1941-1945
The collection consists of four World War II posters related to women in the workforce. Women on the Home Front worked in war industries and volunteered for war-related organizations, excelling at historically male-dominated trades such as welding, riveting, and engine repair. Their contribution was essential for the production and supply of wartime goods.
- circa 1941-1945
General Physical Description
3 prints : posters ; 18 x 27.5 in. or smaller. 1 print : poster ; 24 x 40 in.
As men went off to fight in World War II, women on the Home Front worked in war industries and volunteered for war-related organizations. Women excelled at the historically male-dominated trades such as welding, riveting, and engine repair. Their contribution was essential for the production and supply of wartime goods. By 1945, over 2 million women were working in the war industries, building ships, aircraft, vehicles, and weaponry. Women also worked in factories and munitions plants, and on farms. They also drove trucks, provided logistic support for soldiers, and entered what were previously male only professional areas.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of four World War II posters related to women in the workforce. The first, "Do the Job He Left Behind," showing a woman with a rivet gun, and the second, "The More Women at Work--The Sooner We Win," showing a woman assembling a plexiglass bomb turret, both encourage women to apply to the U.S. Employment Service. The third, "Miss America 1943," shows a woman with a rivet gun and "V" symbol. The fourth poster is from the Pennsylvania Railroad and titled "So a Man Can Fight," it pictures a woman holding on to the side of a freight car with one hand and holding up a lantern in the other. Along the bottom of the poster it reads "Buy U.S. War Bonds and Stamps."
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
These posters were purchased from dealers.
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- Women at work World War II posters
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