The U.S. government issued posters during World War II to recruit women for wartime work. Review some examples of World War II posters:
As you look at each poster, answer these questions:
(Note: You may download a printable PDF worksheet with these questions.)
During World War II, 350,00 women served in the U.S. military. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) flew fighter planes from factories to Air Force bases around the world. They towed targets and tested new aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Force.
Learn more about the WASPs on these Websites:
(Note: You may download a printable PDF worksheet with these links.)
“Fly girls,” as women aviators were called, flew fighter planes at a time when few women held driver’s licenses or traveled on their own. During World War II, the media made it seem like flying planes was an exciting and glamorous job for women.
What was it really like to be a WASP?
Find out by reading these personal recollections of the WASPs:
Compare and contrast these personal recollections with how women were portrayed in World War II posters (and newsreels, if you viewed them).
Select a WASP from the What Was It Like to Be a WASP? worksheet and write a brief essay about her experiences during the war.