• Before the war, Jerre worked piecework jobs, one making velvet "Roosevelt Roses" for FDR's re-election campaign.

  • The death of Esther's father left her once middle-class family destitute. She worked defense jobs during the war.

  • Violet Johnson moved from the farm to Baltimore to work as a drill press operator for the Martin Aircraft Company.

  • Idilia rebelled against her strict father by getting a defense job for the Ohio Crankshaft Company.

  • From the Glen L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Baltimore, fourteen women discuss their experiences working at two major aircraft companies.

  • Susan discusses racial segregation at Eastern Aircraft and her role in the struggle to desegregate the defense industries in Baltimore.

  • Bonnie Gifford moved to the city of Muskegon when she heard they were hiring women during the war.

  • Marilyn Dawson, Doris Corrigan, and Marge Frederiksen talk about life and work on the home front in the small Midwestern town of Newaygo, Michigan.

  • Jane started working at age 14 at a 5 and 10-cent store. When war broke out, she moved to Savannah for a defense job.

  • Singe Nakashima worked at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. as a riveter during the war, in the same plant as her husband.

  • Mary Anne moved to Akron, Ohio to work for Goodyear Aircraft, eventually becoming the supervisor of the "Goodyear Aircraft Women's Squadron."

  • Mildred put herself through college and graduate school with her work as a riveter in Detroit.

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