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World War II Women

Photos from the Office of War Information

"OWI photographers Alfred Palmer and Howard Hollem produced some exceptional Kodachrome transparencies in the early war years depicting military preparedness, factory operations, and women in the work force. While most of the scenes were posed, the subjects were the real thing — soldiers and workers preparing for a long fight.” For more please visit The Atlantic.

Of course, women were encouraged to get back in the kitchen after the war ended in 1945.  It wasn’t until 1967 that Lyndon Johnson expanded affirmative action to cover gender discrimination in the workforce.

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