WW II Exhibit

"Women Assembling a Navy Plane Cockpit" Photo courtesy of Business & Professional Women/USA


NWHM EXHIBIT HONORING WOMEN’S SERVICE

DURING WORLD WAR II OPENS MAY 30, 2004

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is partnering with the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation (The Women’s Memorial) to present a comprehensive look at the roles of women in World War II .The Exhibition, Partners in Winning the War – Women in World War II recognizes the roles of civilian women who also served and sacrificed to protect our country while so much of the male population was deployed. The Exhibition opens on Sunday, May 30, 2004 with a series of events.

Some NWHM charter members remember flying test-planes, working with machinery that was not fitted properly for women, growing victory gardens to supplement the food supply, and doing without new clothes, food and other items due to rationing. Without women, the armed forces would not have been able to fulfill their missions, nor would the country’s economy be so strong when the men returned.

"Assembling MSE3 Landmines at Picatinny Arsenal NJ." Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army - Picatinny Arsenal NJ

The roles that women stepped into during those years were pivotal to America’s workforce, changing perceptions and offering opportunities that had previously not existed for women. To tell this story NWHM is working with the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, and many of the NWHM National Coalition organizations.

The Partners Exhibition is part of a broad array of events scheduled throughout Washington, DC to commemorate the World War II generation. The Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corporation and the DC Heritage Tourism Coalition are co-organizing and producing “America Celebrates the Greatest Generation” which consists of World War II themed events and exhibits that will last the entire summer. The Washington Post recently published a schedule of these events with the Partners exhibition at the top of the list.

"Breaking a Nitrocellulose Block - A Man -Sized Job." Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army - Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

Highlights of the Partners Exhibition schedule include:

  • Partners Exhibition opens on Sunday, May 30, 2004

  • Partners Open House celebrates the roles of women in World War II from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30.

  • A special Partner Recognition Ceremony, with The Honorable Gale A. Norton (Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Keynote Speaker), takes place that same day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A special invitation is extended to civilian women serving our country in the home, community, work force and organizations to attend this Ceremony.
  • Special showings of archival footage featuring women of World War II and one of the debut showings of the new documentary “Government Girls”
  • Opportunities for sharing of experiences and service with others.

The NWHM extends its thanks the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Women in Defense, the Altria Family of Companies, the Ford Motor Company, the Olin Corporation and The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation as Sponsors of the Exhibition. NWHM also thanks the organizations of its National Coalition and NWHM members for their individual contributions in telling the important stories and experiences of women serving our country during World War II.

NWHM hopes to extend the reach of the Exhibition as a permanent virtual exhibit on the NWHM CyberMuseum, (www.nwhm.org). The Partners in Winning the War – Women in World War II extends through fall of 2004.

The Exhibition is located at Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery (The Women’s Memorial). There is no admission fee. The Women’s Memorial is accessible by Metro on the Blue Line-Arlington National Cemetery Station.

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