WWII Women’s Uniform: What The Servicewomen Wore During The World War II

World War II provided several job opportunities to women, especially in the defense industry, that had never before been open to women. The gap in the labor force created by departing soldiers opened many jobs for women. Before WWII, women’s duties were restricted to traditional professions such as sewing, teaching, nursing, and domestic service workers. And most women were expected to leave the job as soon as they were married or had children. Over five million women in the United States entered the workforce between 1940-1945. Approximately 350,000 American women joined the military and worked as nurses, drivers repairing and manufacturing airplanes, tanks, vehicles, and vessels.

Women worked in heavy industry, wartime production plants, chemical factories, volunteer policewomen, and several other jobs that had traditionally belonged to men. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt approved the first US government Community Facilities Act of 1942. Seven centers were built around the country servicing 105,000 children.

Here below are some photos that show uniform of female workers, including nurses, fire workers, officers, and several other professions from WWII.

#1 Members of the US Army Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps

#3 Flame resistant suit with hood and bulletproof vest, US

#4 Flame resistant suit with bulletproof vest (hood down)

#6 Floater coat, capable of providing flotation for three days.

#10 American Womens Voluntary Services ski patrol uniform.

#19 Red Cross Nurse wearing uniform smock dress, WWII

#23 A contingent of the Women’s Army Corps from America, who were the first black women assigned to overseas service.

#24 Women’s Army Corps at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, Virginia, 1940s.

#25 Female pilot of the US Women’s Air Force Service

#26 Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force line up for inspection at their London headquarters, England.

#27 Hungarian girl nationalists in Budapest where a women’s organisation had been formed on Nazi lines

#28 ATS Recruits: youngest daughter of British Prime Minister Winston Churchil

#29 Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) carrying aircraft machine guns

#30 Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) carrying aircraft machine guns

#31 American Womens Voluntary Service motorcycle uniform.

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