WOMEN IN THE HOME AND COMMUNITY

 


Appreciation card for American Women's
Voluntary Services participant

Credit: Women’s Memorial Foundation

 

Excerpt from an article on "Women and National Defense" by Mrs. Gustav Ketterer, the Chairperson of National Defense within the General Federation of Women's Clubs, January 1942

Credit: General Federation of Women's Clubs
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Pennsylvania State Council of Defense poster urged everyone in the family to become involved in the war effort

Credit: Library of Congress

 

CIVIL DEFENSE

A large number of women’s auxiliary organizations formed spontaneously to volunteer services to the military and civilian civil defense organizations.

Members of the largest, American Women’s Voluntary Services, were trained to drive ambulances, fight fires, and provide emergency medical aid in anticipation of aerial bombings that never materialized. Other volunteer military auxiliary groups organized locally.

 

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American Women’s Voluntary Services identification card
Credit: Women’s Memorial Foundation