Women in the Workforce
During World War II, some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. They included the Women's Airforce Service Pilots, who on March 10, 2010, were awarded the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Meanwhile, widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.
War Fashion for Women

War Fashion for Women

October 1942

Holston Ordnance Works Employee

Holston Ordnance

August 1943

Womanpower Campaign

"Womanpower" Campaign

January 1943

Women Workers Needed

Women Workers Needed

February 1943

Inspection of Cooks

Inspection of Cooks

ca. 1944

Women at the Milan Arsenal

Women at Milan Arsenal


Women's Army Corps (WAC) Reenlistment Ceremony

Reenlistment Ceremony

August 2, 1943

Uniforms for Women Public Safety Service Officers

Uniforms for Women

April 17, 1943

Women in the Workforce

"Women are Teachable"

ca. 1943