Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) poster, 1918, with a lithograph of a young lady, wearing blue bloomers and loose white navy-style blouse, tossing a basketball against a light blue background. The artist is Elizabeth Morris Poucher. The Girl Reserve program began in the 1900s to support World War One efforts fostering "patriotic war work" by young girls. Posters like this were supported by the Committee on Public Information, a government agency charged with creating enthusiasm for war efforts. The Girl Reserves proved to be the most popular club program in the YWCA organization. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Reserves became a way to incorporate minorities into the organization's activities.
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