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Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson
Women in Production




In the cities, women took traditionally male jobs such as transit workers and taxi drivers. Women were hired to drive trucks and deliver mail. Below on the left are women working as postal carriers in Washington, D.C.

Female mail carriers Margaret Bourke-White

Professional and technical jobs in radio and journalism, the dominant communications media of the day, opened up to women.

Margaret Bourke-White (left) was among the women journalists given an opportunity to participate in radio and magazines. Her LIFE magazine photos covered the European front.


The Women’s Land Army was organized to deploy volunteers to work on farms and pick crops.  Over a million women and girls participated, although wages were low and they had to pay for their room and board.

In the photo to the right, the National Director of the Women’s Land Army, Florence L. Hall (left) visiting the LaFollette Peach Orchard in Marion County, Oregon in 1944.

The photo on the far right is the cover of Life magazine, 27 September 1943

Women's Land Army in Oregon

Life magazine September 1943

Woman on tractor

Agricultural schools trained women for farm work, including sheep shearing, tractor driving and equipment operation. The woman on the left is at such a school.




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 Photo Credits (L to R): #1-2: The Library of Congress, #3: Oregon State University,
#4: The Women's Memorial, #5:Business and Professional Women/USA

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