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Inspiration and Industry: American Women on the Homefront
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Inspiration and Industry:  American Women on the Home Front
March 1, 2011 to September 18, 2011
The purpose of wartime posters was to unify and mobilize Americans. During World War I and World War II, U.S. government posters urged all citizens to make a personal commitment to the war effort. The special exhibition Inspiration and Industry draws upon original wartime posters to explore the contributions of women during these two conflicts.

Using more than 20 striking examples from the Intrepid Museum’s collection, the exhibition explores the varied roles of women in wartime through their depiction in posters. While women had a limited role during the First World War, World War II posters encouraged women to join the military, become nurses, take a job outside the home, and conserve scarce resources. Inspiration and Industry examines the contributions of women during wartime and considers the ways in which these pioneering women helped pave the way for subsequent generations.
Use It Up – Wear It Out – Make It Do! Office of War Information, 1943 Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 00.2010.071
“I’ve Found the Job Where I Fit Best!” George Rapp Office of War Information, 1943 Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 00.2010.072
For Every Fighter a Woman Worker Adolph Treidler YWCA/United War Work Campaign, 1918 Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 00.2010.103