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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jul 19 07:44 PM

July 19, 2016: Railroad Women of World War II

Here are some very striking historical images at Mashable, documenting that in Iowa, during the war, Rosie did some locomotive maintenance on the side.

With enlisted men heading overseas, railroad companies turned to women to keep their overtaxed locomotives maintained and running smoothly. By 1945, some 116,000 women were working on railroads.

In April 1943, Office of War Information photographer Jack Delano photographed the women of the Chicago & North Western Railroad roundhouse in Clinton, Iowa, as they kept the hulking engines cleaned, lubricated and ready to support the war effort.

glatt  Wednesday Jul 20 02:52 PM

It looks like the steam cleaner had the good job. Those wipers worked hard in dirty conditions.

SPUCK  Tuesday Aug 23 03:44 AM

I wonder how many of those women were sad to have to give up their jobs after the war.

Clodfobble  Tuesday Aug 23 11:19 AM

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

SPUCK  Thursday Aug 25 03:08 AM

How could I be sarcastic, this is IotD.

I actually was not being sarcastic. I bet a lot of those gals really liked what they were doing being oilers, delivery pilots, battle tank testers, truck drivers, etc., etc.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 25 08:26 AM

It's true, millions of women who enjoyed their first taste of freedom in the workplace were suddenly out of a job.

Clodfobble  Saturday Aug 27 07:57 AM

That's what I think too, but I didn't want to be all, "fuck you, sexist pig, women appreciate the satisfaction of a job well done too, now go make me dinner if it's so fun and easy, fuckhead" without any justification.

SPUCK  Wednesday Aug 31 03:56 AM


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