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Poster: My girl's a WOW

Women in U.S. War Plants

During WWII, as men left for military service and the need for labor increased, women were encouraged to fill the demand. Women Ordnace Workers (WOWs) were employed by ordnace war plants across the United States to work on the assembly lines which produced military weapons and ammunition. The working conditions at these plants were often harsh and hazardous.

Poster source:
Washington, D.C. War Dept.
Army Service Forces.
Ordanance Department
U.S. Government Printing Office.Down arrow


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Poster: My girl's a WOW

WOW assembly workers

"Women work alongside of men in this Midwest aluminum factory now converted to production of war materials. These young workers are assembling 37mm armor-piercing shot prior to heat treating operations."




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