Mary, a pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary, in her gear and Spitfire, c. 1944

The archives don’t say anything else about her, but she’s awesome looking.


Parisians taking cover from German sniper fire, 26 August 1944


A nurse at an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) First Aid Post, Calcutta c. 1944


Private Carrie E. Kenny, c. 1918 was a Marine Reservist who spent 26 years working for the Corps in the Inquiry and Investigation Divsion, Paymaster Department.


Private First Class Priscilla Goodrich (left) and Private Elaine Munsinger (right) break down an airplane engine in the Assembly and Repair Department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.


Female worker cleaning the rifling of a BL 15 in gun, Coventry Ordnance Works, England, United Kingdom, 1914-1918 #WWI
Photo by Horace Nicholls


War munitions workers taking a break on a brick wall, 4 April 1917


Farmerettes of the Woman’s Land Army of America took over farm work when the men were called to wartime service, c. 1917

From 1917 to 1919, the Woman’s Land Army of America brought more than 20,000 city and town women to rural America to take over farm work after men were called to war.

Most of these women had never before worked on a farm, but they were soon plowing fields, driving tractors, planting and harvesting. The Land Army’s “farmerettes” were paid wages equal to male farm laborers and were protected by an eight-hour workday. For many, the farmerettes were shocking at first—wearing pants!—but farmers began to rely upon the women workers.

Inspired by the women of Great Britain, organized as the Land Lassies, the Woman’s Land Army of America was established by a consortium of women’s organizations—including gardening clubs, suffrage societies, women’s colleges, civic groups, and the YWCA.



Nojin, a fighter for the PYD, mans a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain.

“For us, there is no difference between women and men,” Dunya said.

Then she added: “But, women are better shooters than men. We’re more accurate.” One of the male fighters at the post was quick to agree.


"President Ronald Reagan greets CAPT. Grace Hopper as she arrives at the White House for her promotion to commodore, 12/15/1983"

Did you notice today’s Google Doodle dedicated to computing pioneer and U.S.Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday ?  Our colleagues at the National Archives at Kansas City found this photo of then-Captain Hopper during her promotion to Commodore 30 years ago in December 1983. 

(There are dozens more photos of Rear Admiral Hopper in our online catalog.)