Women Are Needed: WWII-era U.S. government poster art, 1943

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war is a racket


But absolutely not as scientists…


Rosie the Riveter is the spiritual ancestor to BoingBoing’s own Jackhammer Jill.

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That’s the “hundreds of other war jobs”.


Then get the hell out after the war is over, because we have guys coming back that need jobs.


That message is nicely contained in the poster as well- See the badge:

Zone X - Temporary

In other words, “help us win this war, but don’t think of yourself as an actual employee or anything.”


Although in research they were more likely to work as computers, which was “women’s work.”

Most of the jobs in any field are in the lower-grade class. Not everyone can be an astronaut.

I was referring to this guy: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/tim-hunt-nobel-prize-winner-apologizes-for-comments-about-women-in-labs-1.3107375

I was referring to this guy:

Actually, a good number of women were hired as scientists. The book Rocket Girl is about one who later worked on rocket fuels, and I know there were many others. Women in the work force gave the US a real edge over the Germans who strictly kept women at home under their Kirke, Kinder, Kuche policy. (That’s church, children, cooking.) The Germans had to rely on slave labor and had 15 year old boys manning anti-aircraft guns. That was not sustainable. Of course, after the war, all the women were summarily fired, but that’s another story.


For the record: Kirche, Kinder, KĂĽche.

That was propaganda and ideology though. Women were not strictly kept at home.
Women in war-time Germany made up a third of the work force, compared to only a fourth in Britain. In Berlin, more than half of all working-age women were employed.

WIkipedia says:

When the German economy was mobilized for war it paradoxically led to a drop in female work participation, reaching a low of 41% before gradually climbing back to over 50% again. This still compares favorably with the UK and the USA, both playing catchup, with Britain achieving a participation rate of 41% of women of working age in 1944. However, in terms of women employed in war work, British and German female participation rates were nearly equal by 1944, with the United States still lagging.

Looking back from present-day Austria, the general perception is that while the Nazis were opposed to women’s equality, the realities of a war-time economy had a positive effect on the reputation of women in the workplace.


Presumably many of those with that level of training would already be at work, while you could learn to do any of the other jobs on the list in a shorter time using skills that people out of the paid workforce would have.

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