With the help of women workers, total industrial production doubled between 1939 and 1945. The military production was astounding: 300,000 aircraft, 12,000 ships, 86,000 tanks, and 64,000 landing craft in addition to millions of artillery pieces and small weapons.
Women worked six days a week, enjoyed only a handful of holidays, and were pressed to take overtime to keep the assembly lines operating around the clock. Bottom left, Women workers groom lines of transparent noses for A-20 attack bombers at Douglas Aircraft’s Long Beach, California plant, October 1942. Bottom right, A woman inspector confers with a worker as she makes a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California