WAC Jobs: Women in World War II

WACs and nurses and sergeants … The women in these cartoons are fighting back, and we’re fighting back tears!

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Hundreds of thousands of American women served in the military during World War II. The new precedent of women involvement in areas previously reserved for men was a mark of the era. The cartoons in this collection derive their humor from the subversion of strict gender roles apparent in 1940s America.

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“We’ll have to be quick, Mimi — I’m AWOL.”

 

Gilson; March 21, 1942

 

 

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“It’s some game she learned in the Army.”

 

Ned Hilton; August 22, 1942

 

 

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Eric Peters; February 27, 1943

 

 

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George Wolfe; June 19, 1943

 

 

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Bill O’Malley; July 10, 1943

 

 

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“It is unthinkable, Mildred — a Harrison always goes Army.”

 

Eric Peters; September 4, 1943

 

 

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“I think the phrase ‘Column, halt!’ on the next page is what you’re looking for, Sergeant Ditmarle.”

 

Charles Cartwright; October 9, 1943

 

 

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Comments

  1. I have seen most of these previously. Seeing them again brought back many fond memories.
    I served those days so long ago!

  2. I have seen most of these previously. Seeing them again brought back many fond memories.
    I served those days so long ago!

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