National Women’s History Museum Launches New Virtual Exhibit, “Be A Marine, Free A Marine To Fight:” The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve

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ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, the National Women’s History Museum launched its latest exhibit, “Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight:” The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. This exhibit is the final installment in the five-part virtual exhibit series, Star-Spangled Hearts: Women in Military Service During World War II.

Women Marines performed over 200 different jobs throughout the United States during World War II to support the surmounting manpower shortage. This exhibit explores the lives and history of the women who heeded the call to serve their nation when male counterparts were sent abroad to fight.

“Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight:” The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is available on the National Women’s History Museum’s website. Lacey Opdycke, the exhibit’s curator, will host a free virtual tour of this exhibit on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The Museum’s extensive collection of virtual exhibits and other programming is available here.

About the National Women's History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an innovative online museum dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society. A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future. We strive to fundamentally change the way women and girls see their potential and power.

The NWHM fills in major omissions of women in history books and K-12 education, providing scholarly content and educational programming for teachers, students, and parents. We reach more than four million visitors each year through our online content and education programming and, in early 2023, we will mount our first physical exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, D.C. The Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at