Spotlight on: Women in the Workplace

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    Women in a laboratory 
    Women in a laboratory, engaged in the analysis of copper, 1915 - 1918.
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    World War I: Women Workers 
    Women welding bomb casings in an American munitions factory, c1917.
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    Women mechanics repairing a car at a Women's Volunteer Reserve motor garage.
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    British women ambulance drivers, WW1. 
    During the First World War, many women drove ambulances in addition to their nursing duties.
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    Women using luminous paint to paint alarm clock faces at the Ingersoll Watch and Clock Factory, 1932.
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    Women's Forces 
    Three members of Women Fliers of America Inc., look on while their instructress explains the fundamentals.
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    Women at work 
    Women at work, painting the street furniture at Dunton Green Southern Railways station, April 1941.
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    Women carpenters 
    Two women carpenters at work repairing property for Croydon council, c1941.
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    Worker in a California aircraft plant, 1942.
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    Women in Airplane Industry 
    Women employed in the airplane industry in the USA during World War II at work riveting parts on a bomber, October 1942.
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    A woman worker checking electrical cables for an airplane in the USA during World War II, June 1942.

Focus on Women in the Workplace

Women’s History as Scientists: A Guide to the Debates
While women have a long history of working, they remain underrepresented in some fields like engineering and medicine. This ebook explores the historical debates behind this underrepresentation, looking as far back as the Greeks to see where prejudices against women developed and tracing the interaction of women and science throughout history. Click on the “Contents” tab to view this ebook’s table of contents and jump to a chapter that interests you!
Featured Biography from Biography in Context: Grace Hopper
Fueled by an early interest in mathematics, Grace Hopper became an influential figure in the emerging field of computer science in the 1940s. Called the “Grand Old Lady of Software,” Grace developed multiple programming languages, including the first to use English words, and is credited with popularizing the computer terms “bug” and “debugging” (after finding a dead moth inside the circuitry of a computer). In addition to her advances in computing, Grace also holds the record for longest active military career, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy at age 82.
National Geographic: Women at Work
In the 1940s, women were just starting to enter the traditionally-male work force in record numbers, due in part to the production needs of the United States at war. Women were taking on “men’s jobs” requiring skills in areas like welding, wiring, engineering, riveting, and pipefitting. This National Geographic featured article from 1944 gives a contemporary view of the rapid change in both variety and frequency of women’s employment as well as the shift in the perception of women as workers.
The Library of Congress Her Story
This electronic resource from the Library of Congress focuses on documenting the unheard voices of female writers throughout nine historical eras. Shying away from the more famous contemporaries, her story includes the diaries, journals, memoirs, speeches, letters, and interviews of lesser-known women in an effort to showcase their thoughts, lives, and dreams as a representation of women at that time. Starting with the 1600s and ending in the late 1960s, these primary documents give us an inside look at what it was like to be a woman throughout history.
In Your Library: Biographies of Women
With over 300 biographies on women throughout the world and history, the Lee College Library has a wide variety of biographies to choose from. These include modern women like Condoleezza Rice (Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and her Path to Power) and Tiny Fey (Bossypants), and historical figures like Lucretia Mott (Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America) and Marie Zarkrzewska (Science has no sex: the life of Marie Zakrzewska), and all are available to checkout and take home. If you need help finding a biography that interests you, have a chat with your librarians at the reference desk in the back of the library.

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