United States Navy

Petticoats in the Navy


When 20-year old Bernice Smith Tongate walked into a California Navy recruiting office in 1917, and proclaimed “Gee, I wish I were a man, I’d join the Navy!,” I’m sure she was blissfully unaware of the impact she was about to have on the American Navy and women’s equality.
Howard Chandler Christy, United States Navy, graphic design, poster, Bernice Smith Tongate, national pride