“A Bell System switchboard where overseas calls are handled. Not all of the services shown here are available under wartime conditions”

By an unknown photographer, unknown location, December 22, 1943

The most famous female worker of World War II was the mythical Rosie the Riveter, who patriotically joined the industrial workforce to do her bit in a shipyard or an aircraft factory. There were many real-life Rosies, but many more women worked in service or clerical jobs as secretaries, bank tellers, retail clerks, and telephone operators.

National Archives, Records of the Women’s Bureau (86-WWT-28-3)