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Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War
 
 
Author
Carrie Brown.
Publisher Northeastern University Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781555535353
Pages/Publication Date 240/2002
Daedalus Item Code 30160
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The iconic Rosie the Riveter may have plied the airplane assembly lines during World War IIóbut what about World War I? Who assembled all those wood and fabric biplanes? Who shaped and filled the millions of cartridge bullets that America sent over to the trenches of Europe, or made the gas masks to protect Americans facing chemical warfare? Cultural historian Carrie Brown rediscovers these women of an earlier generation through her lively account, illustrated with archival photos. Trading their ankle-length skirts and crisp white shirtwaists for coarse bloomers or overalls, American women went into factories to face explosives, toxic chemicals, metal-cutting machines, and the hostility of men in the shops. By 1918, notes Brown, more than a million American women had become involved in war production, proving that women could be trained in technical fields, forcing hazardous industries to adopt new health and safety measures, and making a powerful argument for women's voting rights.
 
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