During World War II, an unprecedented number of women took factory jobs across the nation to produce material essential to winning the war: aircraft, ships, munitions and more. Affectionately and collectively called “Rosie the Riveter” after a popular 1943 song, thousands of these women came to the U.S. Army–financed Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, the largest wartime plane manufacturer, and helped produce an astonishing number of the aircraft used in the war. Doing man-sized jobs, they riveted, welded, assembled, and installed, making attack bombers, other war birds, and cargo transports. They trained at Long Beach City Schools and worked 8- and 10-hour shifts in a windowless, bomb-proof plant. Their children attended Long Beach Day Nursery, and their households ran on rations and victory gardens. When the war ended, most of these resilient women were replaced by returning men.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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