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Women at work World War II posters

circa 1941-1945
 Collection
Accession: 1994-263

Abstract

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.

Dates

  • circa 1941-1945

Creator

Extent

4 item(s)

General Physical Description

3 prints : posters ; 18 x 27.5 in. or smaller. 1 print : poster ; 24 x 40 in.

Historical Note

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."

Location

Drawer AA-07.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

These posters were purchased from dealers.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Women at work World War II posters
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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