WWII Pamphlet on the War Effort
"Negro Women War Workers"
This 1945 pamphlet released by the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates the wartime contributions of African American women. In narrative and statistical reporting, it describes the opportunities that World War II offered to move into jobs--such as shipyard welding--previously closed because of racial and gender discrimination. As the text declares, "Behind the noise--the hammer, the thunder, the drive--that typifies America at war is a group of women, Negro women, who have pooled their strength with that of all other Americans in an effort to achieve a common goal--Victory. Carrying their full share of the Nation's wartime load, they are at work in every section of the country. In the steel mills and the foundries, in the aircraft plants and the shipyards, Negro women are helping to make the weapons of war."
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