Major food items were rationed or in short supply. Metal had to be used to produce armaments. Travel was limited because gasoline and tires were rationed. Because cooking and shopping defined women’s roles, the war touched every woman.

Crowd forms in front of sign admonishing “One Can Only!”

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Applicants for sugar ration cards being handled at the local school

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Ration books

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Poster urging women to voluntarily comply with rationing programs

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WOMEN IN THE HOME AND COMMUNITY

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RATIONING

Consumer goods were limited so that raw materials and factories could be devoted to supplying the military operations of the United States and its beleaguered Allies.

Crowd in line for sugar rations

Credit: National Archives