Culture History We Can Do It: 13 Posters of Women Who Worked for the War Effort By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated August 13, 2020 American Legion Collection Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community It is the classic poster that has been remixed a million times. It was a huge societal change as women went into heavy manufacturing by the thousands, doing jobs that people thought only men could do. Next: Get a war job! credit: American Legion Collection Sometimes the pitch was a bit unsubtle, perhaps even offensive. Next:I'm proud! credit: unknown Men needed to be convinced as much as women. Next: Good work, Sister! credit: American Legion Collection Male workers still on the job needed a bit of convincing as well. Next: We can't win without them! credit: Northwestern University But soon everyone got the message: We can't win without them. credit: American Legion Collection Soon women were everywhere! Next: Attack on all fronts! credit: McGill Collection On all fronts in Canada Next:Change to a victory job! credit: unknown In Australia Next: In Russia credit: Dieselpunks Our ally in Russia credit: unknown Women fit into all kinds of roles they never had been allowed into before. credit: Northwestern University Building airplanes Next: Danger, Machine Tools! credit: Milthorpe Running serious machine tools. She should seriously have safety glasses on. Next:It's our fight too! credit: American Legion Collection They did it all, because it was their fight too. Next: women on the warpath!