Wearing a dark-colored dress and a pair of heels, a woman briskly struts down the streets of Italy with a focused expression on her face. She concentrates intensely on the path in front of her and as the woman hurries down the street, her dress flows elegantly behind her. To her right, several potted plants that are as nearly as tall as the woman line the side of a store named "Marisa". This photograph demonstrates the strong impressions of elegance and style that are often present in Italy.
During the first and second world war, women in Italy had a very specific role in Mussolini-led government: they were expected to marry at a young age and bear many children- ideally seven- in order to boost the work force and provide more "man power" to the military. Mussolini was dissatisfied with the decline of the Italian population after World War I, and so he wanted a larger population in order to secure economic and military force and become a prominent world power. He implemented his policy in many different ways, such as offering tax benefits for families with more than six children and placing high taxes on bachelors.
Taken by George Sakata. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. George Sakata is featured throughout our website. For more information on the 442nd RCB uni