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From the Archives…

It’s Women’s History Month! And to commemorate it, throughout the month the archives will feature images from the collection portraying women and their diverse roles in the organization. Since the founding of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in 1881, women have played an important part in advancing the organization’s programs and services.

For the first installment, we are featuring images of World War II Red Cross females doing their part for the U.S. military.

American Girls Onboard

Washington, DC 1942—American Red Cross staff preparing to go overseas during World War II. Photo by F. Fusco and E. Johnson

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June 1944, Great Britain—Red Cross hospital workers setting out for the beach head. Photo by Gerald Waller


1944, Italy—Red Cross clubmobile worker with coffee and donuts for returning U.S. Army Air Force bombers.  Photo by Ollie Atkins


October 1945, Marville, France—Red Cross Club workers serve troops of the 27th Chemical Company, after traveling 100 miles by truck to deliver cookies and doughnuts. Photo by Jerry Waller