Home Front Heroes During WWII
For our final project, we are creating an exhibit that explores the lives of American women during World War II. This exhibit will primarily focus on women working factory jobs along the East and West coast of the United States.
Mission Statement: Women working factory jobs on the East and West Coast of the United States played just as much of an important role during World War II, as the Americans who were fighting overseas.
What Happened During World War II?
During the Second World War, there were two sides, the Allied Forces and the Belligerents. The Allied Forces were made up of the United States, France, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Germany, Italy, and Japan were the countries belonging to the Belligerents. The war broke out in response to Germany invading Poland so Germany and their dictator, Adolf Hitler, could continue becoming more powerful.
The United States got involved in the war when Japan had launched a surprise bombing on the American Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After December 7th, 1914, as people were being sent overseas to fight in Europe, there was an increase in need for tanks, warships, rifles, and other military armaments. With men leaving women behind, these women were the ones who stepped up to meet these necessities and help the economy of the country.
Life Long Learning
Women worked factory jobs, drove firetrucks, and filled in for men in many other ways for the entirety of the war. Once the war ended, women often used their experience to stay in the work force to provide for their families. This was a turning point for the women who played such a vital role in preparing soldiers who went off to war. Women quickly adapted to the knew standards of the country, unselfishly put the needs of the country above themselves, and worked diligently to put the United States in the best position to win the war.
Direct Quotes from those Involved
“The women’s work was more refined which was revealed in the tone of the instruments.”― John Thomas, Owner of a Gibson Guitar Factory in Oregon during World War II
“We were better welders than the men.” “Men were sloppy. We often had to redo a man’s weld.”― Helen Kramer, a woman who worked for Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co.
Highlights of this Exhibit
This exhibit contains statistics of women who worked in factories before, during, and after the war.
A timeline will be used to show how events of the war correlate to the actions of women on the home front.
Social Media posts will be used to connect the women during the WWII and our country today.
Links to Sources to Learn More
The source above is from History.com and three featured sections: Women in the Armed Forces in World War II, “Rosie the Riveter”, and Working Conditions For Women in World War II. The second and third sections applies mainly to the information shared through this exhibit, but the first is very informative as well.
The source above is from striking-women.org, an educational site devoted to covering the migration, working women, workers’ rights, and the story of South Asian women workers. In the Women and Work (working women) section, there are different time periods, covered. One is World Word II and this section discusses the jobs women were working and the inequality and discrimination associated with these jobs.
This exhibit was created by Rob Acierno, Garrett Hunt, and Marc Murgo.
It was created as a final project for our digital history class at York College of Pennsylvania.