While the men in uniform may have been the stars of the Allied victory in World War II, their female compatriots deserve some credit for their role, too.
This fall, the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, a repository of more than 65,000 materials related to chronicling the experiences of America's Citizen Soldiers, turns the focus to the women in uniform who fought for America in the second world war.
Located in the historic Monroe Building between Millennium Park and the Art Institute in the Loop, the Pritzker Military Library will debut a new exhibit this week dedicated to the women of the war called "She's a WOW: Women’s Service Organizations in World War II."
Curated by librarians and collections staff, the exhibition will run from Sept. 13, 2012 through April 2013, and includes prints, recruiting posters, photos and other media sharing the stories of women who served their country. Paired with the vintage materials are first-person accounts, including an audio tour featuring the voices of the women themselves, telling their own stories.
“Exploring and making public the duties and responsibilities women took on during the war is important on two fronts,” Kenneth Clarke, Pritzker Military Library President and CEO, said in a release announcing the exhibition. “It’s a crucial part of the history of the war that needs to be told.”
Take a sneak peek at images on display at the Pritzker Military Library through April 2013: