Susan Wilkins, Director of Education, The International Museum of WWII: Lecture and Slides on the Museum’s Current Exhibit: Women of WWII: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts, Women of WWII
During the war, women were charged with maintaining the home, caring for children, rationing food and clothing, planting victory gardens, and collecting supplies needed for the war effort. Women also went to work in war production factories and filled other traditionally male jobs in order to free men for military service. Most women did not serve in combat roles—with the exception of the Soviet Union—but they did join auxiliary services in support of the armed forces. “Women in WWII: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts” explores that while women in all countries shared these common wartime experiences, each country’s female population faced unique challenges as well.