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Permanent and Special Exhibits

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.

USNS Comfort Quilt features the quilt made aboard the USNS Comfort during her 2003 deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A panel exhibit, Sweet Victory, includes a copy of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, as well as photographs and artifacts that depict the controversy and testimony surrounding the legislation that gave women a permanent place in the US Armed Forces. Called to Duty: Korean War, 1950-1953 presents the experiences of servicewomen in “America’s Forgotten War,” including treating the wounded, world-wide service in the burgeoning Cold War, and the stateside recruiting and recall of women. American Servicewomen in the Global War on Terror pays tribute to servicewomen serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Era of Conflict: Vietnam War, 1964-1975 featuring rare personal photographs, uniforms, objects from the region as well as official papers related to military women, honors the some 197,500 US servicewomen who served during the era. A New Generation of Warriors speaks to the wartime experiences of women of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Also on display is an exhibit featuring WWI medical instruments and artifacts unique to WWI military women.

Groundbreaking, June 22, 1995, captures the events related to the Memorial’s groundbreaking. Dedication, October 18, 1997, highlights the four-day celebration, opening the Memorial to the public. A special exhibit alcove, Memory Books, contains three books for visitors to share reflections about servicewomen, which are cataloged and placed permanently in the Women’s Memorial Foundation archives.