Group Identity

“The uniform, no matter how lowly, assures its audiences that the wearer has a job, one likely not to be merely temporary and one extorting a degree of respect for being associated with a successful enterprise. The uniform attaches one to success,” wrote cultural historian Paul Fussell.  Unlike “Rosie the Riveter,” WAVES and SPARs wore a uniform, a visual marker that they belonged to something larger within the war effort.




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