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For Every Fighter a Woman Worker, World War I Poster, 1918


World War I required the marshalling of the resources of the United States as never before.  Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material-guns, new weapons such as airplanes, warships, submarines.  Most of the male workforce was in uniform and deployed overseas to fight.  Women had to go to work in those factories in greater numbers than ever and take jobs that had been held by men. 

There were also massive efforts to recycle materials, to get people to invest in the war effort through the buying of war bonds.  Children were encouraged to participate by helping to collect the recyclables and to buy stamps with their nickels, dimes and quarters.  The whole country was encouraged to be part of the overall effort to help win the war.  Posters like this encouraged all Americans to support the war effort .  

Citation: For Every Fighter a Woman Worker, World War I Poster, 1918, Prints & Photographs, Special Collections, Library of Virginia,


Social Studies: USII.1, USII.4 USII.5, WHII.9 VSU.9
Art: 4.1, 5.1

Suggested Questions

Artistic Exploration: Create your own campaign poster to garner support for your country during World War I. Be ready to explain to your classmates what message you are conveying and who your intended audience is.

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