World War II: Women on the Home Front

Primary Source Set

Women entered the workforce in large numbers during World War II, replacing men who had joined the armed forces. Symbolized by “Rosie the Riveter,” these women significantly changed the place of women in labor and in society. From driving street cars to selling war bonds to working in defense industries, women played an important role in helping the country prepare for and win the war. Through this set, readers will learn about the opportunities and experiences of women laborers on the home front during the war.

Additional resources for research

  1. Georgia's Home Front: World War II: Women’s Involvement, Digital Public Library of America.

  2. American Aviatrixes: Women with Wings: Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), Digital Public Library of America.

  3. Women Who Served: The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS/WASP), The National Archives and Records Administration.

  4. Women In WWII at a Glance, The National WWII Museum.

  5. Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II, The National Women’s History Museum.

  6. Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women's Contributions During World War II, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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