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11.7.1 Calship girl at work

Image of a women steel worker and shipbuilder in safety goggles holding a blowtorch to a sheet of metal.
A People's World
circa 1944
Photographic Print
A People's World. Calship girl at work. Circa 1944. California Historical Society, General Subjects Photography Collection, Social Groups.

This photograph illustrates the effects of the Rosie the Riveter campaign, which was an Office of War Information effort to convince women across America to take heavy-industry jobs in factories and plants that would support the war effort. Until World War II, most labor unions and heavy-industry factories excluded women from applying for these jobs. The wartime emergency, in addition to the public relations campaign of Rosie the Riveter, allowed women to take these jobs, which were overall higher paying than other jobs.

This photograph illustrates the effects of the Rosie the Riveter campaign, which was an Office of War Information effort to convince women across America to take heavy-industry jobs in factories and plants that would support the war effort. Until World War II, most labor unions and heavy-industry factories excluded women from applying for these jobs. The wartime emergency, in addition to the public relations campaign of Rosie the Riveter, allowed women to take these jobs, which were overall higher paying than other jobs. Ask students to connect this image to other ways in which women worked in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by having them evaluate similarities and differences in the kind of work that women did. Next, ask your students to list what kinds of skills this worker is learning in this job. Finally, ask students to discuss what they think this worker will do after the war.