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Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson
Women in Production

 


   

 

Critical Jobs:

The country had to keep functioning even as millions of men who performed critical functions in the economy were drafted. Women responded to calls to keep Americans fed, moving, and communicating.

In the 1940’s freight and passengers moved on railroads that employed more than two million people. Women took over many jobs associated with maintaining the rails and trains over which critical war material and troops flowed.

The image to the right is of Dorothy Lucke, an employee of Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and she worked as a wiper at the Clinton, Iowa roundhouse.

Dorothy Lucke, oiler

The image below is of trackwomen of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, 1943
Trackwomen of the B&O Railroad


Fletcher's Castoria Advertisement

Left, an advertisement for Fletcher’s Castoria in the December 1944 issue of The American Magazine.

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Below a woman wiper at the roundhouse gives
a giant “H” class locomotive a bath of live
steam, Clinton, Iowa, April 1943.

A woman wiper at the roundhouse gives a giant “H” class locomotive a bath of live steam, Clinton, IA, 1943

Women workers have lunch, Clinton, Iowa, 1943

Women workers have lunch in their rest room, Clinton, Iowa, 1943


 

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 Photo Credits (L to R): #1: The Library of Congress, #2: The National Archives,
#3: The Women's Memorial, #4-5:The Library of Congress



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