Working on the Engine

Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (October 1942)

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Painting Aircraft

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. (August 1942)

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Building Bombers

Two women work on a bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

A Machinist Hard at Work

This woman machinist makes an adjustment at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Rosie the Riveter

A black woman working at a bomber plant (Tennessee in 1943)

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Working on a Aircraft Wing

Drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas (October 1942)

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Finishing the Plastic Nose of a Bomber

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif. She’s one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. (October 1942)

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

A Woman Rivets an Airplane Wing

Here, a woman rivets an airplane wing at a munitions factory.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Teamwork Gets the Job Done

A male and a female riveter work side by side at a factory in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1942.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Woman Inspecting Bullets

Fee Perez inspects .30 caliber rifle and machine gun bullets at Remington Arms Company’s Bridgeport, Connecticut, plant alongside a photo of her husband, Melburn, who is serving overseas.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Female Riveters at an Aircraft Factory

Members of a riveting team at an aircraft factory use rivet guns and bucking bars to work on a basis trainer plane wing center section.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Factory Worker in England

Women went to work on both sides of the Atlantic. This picture, taken in England, shows women working in a munitions factory.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Pearl Harbor Widows at Work

Two women whose husbands were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack work in a factory in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

Working on Aircraft

An aircraft worker checks electrical assemblies at the Vega Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California.

Powerful Photos of Women Who Changed What "Normal" Meant During WWIIImage Credit: Library of Congress

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