World War I propaganda poster, Edward Penfield, 1918
World War I propaganda poster, Edward Penfield, 1918

Overview


Women in World War I from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History



Where Women Worked During World War I, Seattle General Strike Project, University of Washington


How Women Helped Win the Great War, U.S. Army

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.29.04 AM.pngBook Review: Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War

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How War Changed the Role of Women in the U.S. from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute





Joy Bright as a Yeoman (F) 1918
Joy Bright as a Yeoman (F) 1918

Female Yeomen in the United States Navy (Yeomanettes)


The Story of the Female Yeoman During the First World War, National Archives
  • The Naval Act of 1916 opened the door to women volunteering in the U. S. Navy.
    • 11,000 women served
      • Designated Yeomen (F) for female yeoman. Served as radio operators, stenographers, messengers.
      • Disbanded in 1919

The Navy Yeoman in World War 1

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I Was a Yeoman (F) is a first-person account of one's woman's experiences during the war


Female munitions workers manufacturing heavy artillery shells, 1917
Female munitions workers manufacturing heavy artillery shells, 1917

Munitionettes (Female Munitions Workers in England)


The Muniitionettes
  • 80% of the weapons and ammunition used by the British army were made by women

Women in the Munitions Industry

9 Women Reveal the Dangers of Working in a First World War Munitions Factory

12 Things You Didn't Know About Women in the First World War, Imperial War Museums





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