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Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson
Women in Production




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.

lucille little working in the El Segundo Plant
Amanda Smith

In the top two photos to the left, women are working at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. To the far left is Lucille Little and to the close left is Amanda Smith.

In the two photos below, women are working in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes,

Texas Aircraft Worker

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
plane noses at Douglas Aircraft's CA plant 1942 A woman inspector confers with a worker as she makes careful inspection of an airplane


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 Photo Credits (L to R): #1-4: The Library of Congress, #5: The National Archives, #6 The Library of Congress

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