American women added a touch of glamour to the grim task of arming their country in war.
During World War II, women began to gain more respect and men realized that women actually could work outside of the home. They fought for equal pay and made a huge impact on the United States workforce. They began to take over “male” jobs and gained confidence in themselves.
Images courtesy of the Library of Congress
5 thoughts on “World War Glamour – Women at work in the 1940’s”
I think that we should try to emulate the snap, and getting down to brass tacks attitude, coupled with a can-do attitude.
It's the only way we can get through these bizarre tough times and keep our sanity.
My favorite story was in Life magazine during the war. When a boat carrying service personnel was damaged, when rescued, the first thing the women always asked for or looked for was their lipstick. Across the board, it always went that way.
You've got to have a little glamour when doing a tough job.
Thanks for a good read.
My grandmother was like these women. She worked at a machine gun factory in Nebraska. She could put together a machine gun blindfolded. You have to hand it to the greatest generation. They were truely great.
Those pictures are really nice…
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What absolutely fabulous shots! Not enough credit is given to all the "Rosie the Riveters" who did such a great job during this tough time in our history. Thanks for a great post.
Just goes to show girls can do men's jobs especially back then when women were expected to be at home wives & mothers.
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