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Snippet of World War 2 Chronicles: Working Women

From Audio: Episode 10: Women Join the War Effort

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Hear the propaganda which was used to encourage the participation of women in the workforce, both on the homefront and production lines.
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Hear the propaganda which was used to encourage the participation of women in the workforce, both on the homefront and production lines.
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a big 90 millimeter anti aircraft gun is a powerful, noisy, heavy guns. Working with it is hard, strenuous work by pre war standards. These jobs are worked for men only. But these ideas and phrases are peacetime ideas, outmoded by the rush of an entire nation to arms. In 1940 the percentage of women in the U. S workforce was about 24% 1945 the height of wartime employment. The percentage of women in the workforce was nearly 35%. Despite layoffs at war's end, the number of women in the workforce never again dropped to pre war levels. American women had gone to work for good. I'm in Herlihy. Join me next time for World War Two chronicles.
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