The women in world war i object group was made possible through the generous support of bette and lindsey hagan and the james lollar hagan internship program further resources national womens history museum. Women in world war i were mobilized in unprecedented numbers on all sides the vast majority of these women were drafted into the civilian work force to replace conscripted men or work in greatly expanded munitions factories. Women were required to make a significant contribution during the first world war as more men left for combat women stepped in to take over mens work the government used propaganda films to encourage women to get involved. Womens uniforms the great war saw tens of thousands of women american and otherwise don uniforms to take on their war work what is so striking about the uniforming of american women during world war i is that it occurred in all parts of womens war efforts. Women in the second world war took on many different roles during the war including as combatants and workers on the home frontthe second world war involved global conflict on an unprecedented scale the absolute urgency of mobilizing the entire population made the expansion of the role of women inevitable although the particular roles varied from country to country
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