The “The Spirit of Woman-Power” poster was used to encourage women to get involved in the War effort during World War 1. This poster was published in Michigan, as can be seen by the line at the very bottom of the poster “Women’s committee of council of national defence Michigan division”.
The poster was designed by Paul Honore who was a famous artist in the Michigan area at the time. Miss Mina Humphrey who was a state level publicity chair woman at time organised a competition for the honour of designing this poster.Honore fought off competition from hundreds of other artists who had competing designs. Honore won $100 for his efforts.
The poster had over 10,000 prints in circulation and resulted in huge growth in women signing up to help with the war effort. More can be read about the campaign and the poster at the grand rapids history website.
Further posters featuring women being encouraged to take part in the war effort can be seen in our Red Cross posters collection.