Women in the factories during WWII

Photos and captions taken from A Democracy At War by William L. O'Neal, MacMillan, Inc., 1993.

Despite its late start, industry was soon producing weapons in massive numbers, with the help of women workers like these building a Flying Fortress bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, CA.

Women at Douglas Aircraft Plant
Man and woman working

Contrary to prevailing stereotypes, few jobs were so hard, dirty, or dangerous that women could not fill them. Working on the B&O Railroad.

Women clean blast furnaces at U.S. Steel's plant in Gary, Indiana. They wear oxygen masks because toxic gas emissions could kill.

Women in Steel Plant
Women in Steel Plant

Racial prejudices were set aside as well. An integrated team of riveters worked at the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.