Weaving Our Story

Women in the 20th Century

When war finally comes to the United States, men are drawn away from the factories and the farms to join the military.  The US Government begins a concerted effort to fill those voids by drawing upon the untapped resource of a female labor force.  From factory jobs to military service, women served in a broad range of occupations, and by 1944 thirty-seven percent of women in America were employed.  These videos tell the story of women who took up the call to work during World War II and how their experiences changed not only them, but the nation, as it emerged from World War II. By the 1960s women were beginning to break into new roles and break down barriers in roles once thought to be reserved for men only.

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