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Introduction
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Myths and Mermaids
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Life in Port
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Going to Sea
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Lighthouse Keepers
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Changing Roles for Women
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Women in the Military
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Women in Wartime Production
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Early Yachting and Racing
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Women and the Sea in the 20th Century
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Timeline
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Resources
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In This Chapter

Introduction

Naval Nurses
The Yeoman (F)
Navy WAVES
Coast Guard SPARS

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Coast Guard SPARS

Original Artwork for SPARS Recruiting Poster
circa 1940
J. di Valentin
The Mariners' Museum,
Gift of the U.S. Coast Guard


In 1942, legislation was passed to create the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve, or SPARS (an acronym taken from the Coast Guard motto "Semper Paratus, Always Ready"). As with the U.S. Navy, the SPARS were intended to relieve men from shore duty. Between 1942 and 1946, more than 10,000 women volunteered for service. The new recruits were trained at colleges such as Texas A&M, Iowa State Teachers' College, and Hunter College in New York.
SPAR Recruiting Poster
The Mariners' Museum


The painting of the SPAR was created for the background of this poster.



Serve with the SPARS, Women's Reserve Coast Guard
The Mariners' Museum, Gift of the U.S. Navy


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