We all have seen this iconic poster, right?
Even though it wasn’t draw to depict Rosie the Riveter, it was a symbol showing women in a male dominated work force during World War II. While women did indeed work outside of the home during this time, most were secretaries or some other type of clerical work. It was far and few between when you saw a woman doing and “man’s” job and even the women who were in traditional women roles would start being an exclusive home maker when they got married and kids came along.
It took having no men available to do the jobs to shake up the rigid lines of the work force and be more inclusive (although the pay definitely wasn’t on equal terms). What I definitely didn’t think about was pre-World War II. The Depression had people scrambling to look for any and all types of work, but even before that there was a need for women to do “men’s” jobs.
I stumbled across this photograph when I was looking for the traditional photograph of the day to use on Facebook for our digital collections: