"I'm Proud... My Husband Wants Me To Do My Part"

During World War II, the U.S. government produced a number of propaganda posters aimed at mobilizing women workers to contribute to the war effort, offering images that challenged traditional ideas about the role of women and the nature of their work while still maintaining traditional gender hierarchies.

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Focus Questions
Women in the WWII Workplace: Propaganda vs. Reality

What message is this poster trying to convey to American men?

What message is this image trying to convey to American women?

What assumptions about women and work does this poster make?

Do you think the experiences of "real Rosies" permanently challenged these assumptions?

Source | John Newton Howit, I'm proud ... my husband wants me to do my part, poster (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944); from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/95504753.
Creator | John Newton Howitt/War Manpower Commission
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | John Newton Howitt/War Manpower Commission, “"I'm Proud... My Husband Wants Me To Do My Part",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed August 31, 2015, http://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1217.