Women of World War II by gpcox

We seem to be having photo problems this month, but this article was prepared to include more of the world in what was such a massive war.


WASP poster, Pearl Judd

WASP poster, Pearl Judd

Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medal

Canadian 1943 poster

Canadian 1943 poster

Australian women's poster

Australian women’s poster

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Women of WWII

By: gpcoxhttps://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com

I want to apologize to gpcox because there are five pictures in this post and for some reason, they will not transfer when I post the article. I’ve tried it several ways and they just won’t come through.

 As WWII unfolded around the globe, women were also affected.  Some found themselves pressed into jobs and duties they would never have previously considered.  Hitler derided Americans as degenerate for putting the women to work, but nearly 350,000 American females alone served in uniform voluntarily.  A transformation of half the population, never seen before, that began evolving in the early ‘40’s and continues today.

For the WASPs, 1,830 female pilots volunteered for Avenger Field outside Sweetwater, Texas alone and it was the only co-ed air base in the U.S.  These women would ferry aircraft coming off the assembly lines from the factories to the base.  They…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 10, 2013, in Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Wow. Print Ads then had a human touch, I so miss nowadays. Warm colors, sincere in their appeal, happy faces…..Thank you for sharing them.


  2. My mother would love this post. I’ll have to show it to her. She was a nurse during WWII.


  3. I loved the post. Seems so long ago. I would be a baby boomer but I was born just after the war ended. My father was exempt from going because of an eye problem. But there were many of my relatives in it. They all have passed. Most of them never really talked about it. My wife’s cousin told me he was part of the invasion of an island. The landing carrier next to him was hit and the whole group were killed. Death was everywhere. I remembered seeing letters with a black rim on them indicating that someone had died. The fact that the people are dying off and they seldom spoke of the war is making it dim in the minds of the youth of this nation. They should know what happened and that is why I am so glad you are blogging about it.


    • Thank you, Barry, for your story and for acknowledging what I’m trying to do here. Some areas of the Korean War and WWII are difficult to find, but I keep trying and I’ll keep writing as long as I can.


  4. Thanks for re-posting to show the images; as an FYI for readers, some great books re women in WWII who were nurses at or near the Front are by Evelyn Monahan & Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee. I have done research for these authors, and first worked with them when I was the Women’s Collections archivist at a univ. I also recommend Canadian series “Bomb Girls” re women workers in a munitions factory during the war – good for Americans to see the commitment and involvement of our friends to the north!


  5. While I somewhat disagree with the NPS designation of THEIR park being the official Rosie the Riveter Park, I submit the Rosie the Riveter Park nearby my home (and adjacent to the former Douglas facilities from WWII) is THE official park. LOL! Several of my good friends mothers were working during the war; one mom was small enough to work within the wing tanks of war planes. I believe they were B-17s but I can’t recall for sure.

    Indeed, the war would have continued for a longer period had it not been for their efforts.

    Nice post, Judy (and gpcox)!


  6. Can’t give you a ‘like’ for this one … no sign anywhere of a ‘like’ button (I even used the searcher thingy).

    But consider it liked, well liked …


    • Thanks, Argus. I wrote the article itself and then e-mailed it to Judy to post on her site – then I re-blogged it, so no, you aren’t going blind – all the likes will go to Judy’s site. I’m very glad you took the time to tell me you liked it.


  7. What an excellent job you did of bringing together such a wealth of information. I feel quite overwhelmed to realise just how many women were involved in the war effort. Wish I could give them all a hug 🙂 The site Today in Labor History is excellent. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make some of the other links connect. Thanks for the mention of my contribution!


  8. Thanks for this! I worked for a few years at DeHavilland aircraft and met some of the older women who stayed on building aircraft after WW2. They had built mainly Mosquitos and there were 30,000 in the Canadian aerospace sector during the war.There were great photos around the factory when I worked there and to see a special one – I’ve attached this link:


  9. Wonderful post and I enjoyed seeing the posters.


  10. Vintage graphics are a favorite of mine. Tnanks for these.


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