This 1943 recruiting poster encourages patriotic women with a “Star-Spangled heart” to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps, adding that “Thousands of Army Jobs Need Filling!” The poster depicts a young woman in a United States Army uniform, with a waving American flag in the background. The poster was illustrated by Bradzzhov Krandell.
The Women’s Army Corps was created out of necessity during World War II and enabled thousands of women to serve their country in noncombat positions. Fighting in multiple theaters of war put a strain on the armed services, who severely lacked manpower. Urgent wartime demands necessitated the use of all able, willing citizens, regardless of gender. Luckily, Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts foresaw that women might be needed in the army, and in May of 1941 she introduced a bill that would establish a women’s corps in the U.S. Army. On May 15, 1942, a law was passed that established the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). The law gave its members an official status and a salary, but few of the benefits granted to male soldiers. In July 1943, after thousands of women had enlisted, the U.S. Army dropped the “auxiliary” designation, and from that time on members of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) received full U.S. Army benefits.
While many pushed back against the admittance of women into the armed services, there were also just as many who saw the benefit and necessity. So recognizable was the opportunity that Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall himself told the War Department in November 1941, “I want a women’s corps right away, and I don’t want any excuses!” In his WWII memoirs Crusade in Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower remarked, “The simple headquarters of a Grant or Lee were gone forever. An Army of filing clerks, stenographers, office managers, telephone operators, and chauffeurs had become essential, and it was scarcely less than criminal to recruit these from needed manpower when great numbers of highly qualified women were available.”
With the exception of nurses, women had never served before within the ranks of the U.S. Army. With the establishment of the Women’s Army Corps, more than 150,000 women did so. In recruiting women, the Army assured them that they would be doing “unusual and exciting work” and that their service “in making available technically trained men for combat service will be of great value in winning the war.”
Very good condition. Color lithograph, with original color still vibrant and strong. Poster is signed by the artist in stone at the bottom right. Paper is healthy, save a small tear at the upper center margin and creasing at folds, with a little splitting along folds. Poster has been stabilized and is now archivally framed in a custom-built black and silver-frame.
Dimensions: 42" H x 29 1/2" W x 1 3/4" D.
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