"Women in the War, We Can't Win Without Them" Extra Large Original WW II Poster


Original WW II Poster from 1942 reads "Women in the War, We Can't Win Without Them", Extra large size poster 29” x 41” in. Shows a woman factory worker wearing overalls or apron, riveting with both hands a weapon that looks like a torpedo. This highly visual poster was promoting women in the wartime workforce, it was produced in 1942 by the War Manpower Commission. At the time, “Women in the War” was one of the most widely distributed images of a woman laboring in war production. The poster is in red, blue and black poster. Publisher was the United States. Government Printing Office. Place of Publication: "Washington D.C." By 1943, when the labor shortage was most acute, the two agencies worked together in concerted campaigns, targeting employers to hire women and women to become ‘production soldiers’” (Yellin, Our Mothers’ War, p. 44). Women laboring in factories, even in the service of the war effort, was controversial. “Despite the tide of public opinion against working wives, War Manpower Commission director Paul McNutt concentrated on on patriotism. The campaigns glamorized war work, always showing that women could maintain their femininity and still be useful” (Yellin, pp. 45-46). Examples of this important poster are held at numerous institutions, including the Library of Congress, and MOMA,. At lower left corner of sheet: "War Manpower Commission, Washington, D.C." Copies in very good condition like this one are uncommon.

Item #17000

Price: $850.00