National Archives at Atlanta

National Archives at Atlanta

Augusta Arsenal Women

Women at
the Augusta Aresenal


Labor, Industry, and
Daily Life
A drastic acceleration in the demand for men and materiel to support the war brought unprecedented changes to the workplace and daily life. Women found themselves at the center of these changes, and they responded by finding employment in the factories, navy yards, and arsenals vacated by the fighting men. They also answered the call in the uniformed services of Women's Auxiliary Corps (WAC) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) detachments throughout the Southeast. The increased demand for materiel often created less than satisfactory working conditions, and the federal government regulated most aspects of workers' activities, including job transfers and sales prices. And in their daily lives, average citizens were frequently reminded of their obligations to the war effort with propaganda in news publications and letters from those in military service.