Women Fill Men’s Factory Jobs During World War II
More than 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry in 1943, representing 65 percent of the industry’s total workforce (compared to just 1 percent in the pre-war years). The munitions industry also heavily recruited women workers, as represented by the U.S. government’s “Rosie the Riveter” propaganda campaign. This short film highlights the efforts of these pioneers.
Coast Guard SPARS 1943 United States Coast Guard
A short WWII news reel that takes a look at the creation of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve – nicknamed SPARS – in November 1942, for the purpose of releasing men for duty at sea.
“WASPS”: Women Airforce Service Pilots 1943
“Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) train in Link trainers, attend classes, drill, fly, receive wings from Jacqueline Cochran, and report to the Air Transport Command.” Also known as Women Air Service Pilots or Women Army Service Pilots. From Army-Navy Screen Magazine #16.