Women's Contributions in WWII
WAACs, WAVES, SPARS, WASPS, industry (rosie the riveter), Red Cross Nurses, Army Nurses Corps, Navy Nurse Corps Red Cross organizations,
Active Military Service
During WWII, around 350,000 engaged in active military service in newly created organizations designed for women, such as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs), Navy Women's Reserve (WAVES), Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS), Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS), and the Army and Navy Nurses Corps. These women often took clerical jobs that allowed men to take up combat roles, but they also served as mechanics, test pilots, analysts, radio operators, and many other things. Nurses served at home and abroad in all theaters of the war taking care of servicemen.