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Women in World War II

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection teaches students about the changing role of women during World War II: their role in the workplace, increasing presence in the military, and participation in voluntary organizations that supported the war. Students should think about how these activities reinforced traditional notions of gender divisions while they also allowed women to experience new activities.

How to win an Engagement. [Print advertising.] Women's publications. 1942

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

"We Can Do It!"

National Museum of American History

Herringbone Twill Coveralls

National Museum of American History

Army Nurse Corps Cap

National Museum of American History

Jacqueline Cochran

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Identification Tag and Cover

National Museum of American History

Badge, American Women's Voluntary Services

National Air and Space Museum

American Red Cross M&M's Cellophane Bag

National Museum of American History

Miss Olive Blackwell, Red Cross nurse [acetate film photonegative, ca. 1945]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

[Service man being served donuts by two USO ladies] : [document]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History