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Women at Home and in the Community Image
Women at Home and in the Community




Recycling was a patriotic duty. Metals were a primary target of recycling drives. Waste paper was collected to make fuses and bones were processed into explosives. Lard replaced butter as women adapted recipes to deal with shortages of sugar and dairy products.

Saving fats and greases

Left, a woman is saving waste fats and greases from
which war materials were made

Below, wasting water was portrayed as unpatriotic
Wasting water portrayed as unpatriotic

Women were encouraged to grow food in Victory gardens and preserve their home grown vegetables.  In 1944, 21 million families planted 7 million acres that yielded 8 million tons of vegetables. Victory Gardens were the answer to concerns about food shortages and the Department of Agriculture promoted growing vegetables.

Grow it Yourself Poster

Victory Garden Poster

Children minding Victory Gardens

Left, children minding Victory Gardens.
Below, an urban dweller tends her garden.

Urban dweller tends her garden


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 Photo Credits (L to R): #1-2: Library of Congress,
#3: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, #4-6: Library of Congress

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