Women's Contribution

"--but how can I get a war job?" Advertisement, 1944

At the apex of WWII, getting women involved was the key to success for the United States. Advertisements like this Kleenex ad were produced "in the interest of the war effort" to help educate women on the opportunities available to them during wartime.

When the United States entered the war, the country needed support from women more than ever.  For women who could not afford to leave their homes and enter the workforce, their efforts resided in purchasing war bonds, growing Victory Gardens, becoming more conservative in the rations they consumed, as well as promoting good health and fitness.  However, as many men left their jobs in their industrial field for the battlefield, women were also called to action to fill their positions.  As the new breadwinners, this opportunity gave women the chance to provide security for their homes and families, and, with an increase in war production, women were essential to ensuring that the products could be made.  The efforts of women extended beyond the home front, however; thousands upon thousands of women were recruited to serve in the military during World War II, taking on the jobs that would allow for men to enter the battlefield.  However, as more men entered the battlfield, more men were wounded, which resulted in an increased need for nurses and volunteers on the frontlines, on military bases, and on the home front.

Without each of these positions filled and successfully executed by women, the United States would not have ended up as safe and successful as it did when it entered peacetime in late 1945.  Women were essential to the war: they increased war production, they secured the economy, and they ensured the safety of the men on the frontlines.  As a result, women were able to prove their worth, their work ethic, and their tireless committment to their country, a feat that our country, even today, will never forget.

"Women in Uniform," New York Times 1943

The New York Times published a spread in 1943 of the women in the varying uniforms that women took on in their roles during WWII.

Women's Contribution