The exhibits in the Memorial’s Exhibit Gallery tell the story of women’s service in and with the US Armed Forces.
Three photograph panels show servicewomen starting with the American Revolution and ending with current-day service. Serving with the Military: 18th and 19th Centuries highlights women who served from the American Revolution through the Spanish-American War. Serving in the Military: 1901-1945 features servicewomen from the creation of the Army and Navy nurse corps through World War II. Current-day servicewomen, including path-breaking aviators and astronauts, are included in Serving in the Military: Since 1946.
Military women from WWII are featured in three exhibit cases. Women Go to War: World War II, 1941-1945 focuses on recruiting, training and jobs. Prisoners of War, women under enemy fire, service around the world and the women’s roles at war’s end are depicted in Overseas with the Military: World War II, 1941-1945. The final WWII case, Serving on the Homefront: World War II, 1941-1945, features Women Airforce Service Pilots, Civil Defense workers and the Cadet Nurse Corps.