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Women's Liberty Loan Committee, Women from a Local Branch, World War I, c. 1917

Women's Liberty Loan Committee

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3167-78A_B2_F6_01
 
Document Description
Photograph of a group of women from a local branch of the National Women's Liberty Loan Committee, an organization created in 1917 in cooperation with the War Loan Organization. The Women's Liberty Loan Committee sold Liberty bonds and also worked to enlist other women sellers, World War I, c. 1917.
 
Questions
What do you think is the social and economic status of these women?
What was the purpose of the Women’s Liberty Loan Committee?
How much money was raised through the Liberty Loan Program?
How was the purchase of a Liberty Loan a guaranteed investment?
 
Historical Challenges
How has the role of women during war changed in the United States? How has the position of women in American society contributed to those changes?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Art: Design a poster for the Women’s Liberty Loan Committee advertising the availability and purpose of the Liberty Loan.
Math: If a person invested $2300.00 in Liberty Loans during World War I, how much interest would that person receive on their investment over the course of 4 years?
 
Resources
Mudd Manuscript Library. History of the Liberty Loan Committee. Liberty Loan Committee Records, 1912-1919: Finding Aid MC089 Retrieved from: http://diglib.princeton.edu/ead/getEad?eadid=MC089&kw=
The New York Times. Women Plan Drive for Liberty Loan. April 1, 1918. Retrieved from: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9E04EFDA1E3FE433A25752C0A9629C946996D6CF
The New York Times. Women Open “Bank” for Loan Subscribers. October 9, 1917. Retrieved from: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C04E7DA113BE03ABC4153DFB667838C609EDE
 

 

Historical Context
The Women's Liberty Loan Committee appealed to women, informing them that they were responsible for spending nine-tenths of all money found in the family budget, and that they were thus able to use some of that money for purchasing Liberty Loans. Women were also encouraged to buy as many Liberty Loans as they could with their available cash, while also buying even more on installment plans. As an additional incentive, Liberty Loans were advertised as the perfect investment. When an individual purchased a government bond, they received interest on that loan at 4 ¼% annually. The government issued interest payments every six months. Bonds could be insured against fire and theft making these investments a guaranteed way to make money while helping finance the United States participation in WWI.
 
Essential Question
How do women contribute to solving national issues?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the women in the photograph and explain their role during World War I?