The Frenchwoman in War-time


This World War I poster, published in Paris in 1917, depicts the many roles of French women during the war. One woman is shown working in a factory, another at home nursing her child, and a third working in a field, helping to replace farm labor lost to the armed forces. In the background appears a large silhouette of a woman, the personification of “Victory.” French women made up over 40 percent of the French workforce during the war, and more than two million were recruited into positions in heavy industry. This poster was produced by the film section of the French army. Films were used during World War I as entertainment for soldiers on leave, and were shown at Les Foyers du soldat (Soldiers’ Homes), canteens set up for French soldiers to enjoy rest, refreshments, and entertainment.

Last updated: August 18, 2014