Rosie's Mom

Rosie's Mom

Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War

Book - 2002
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We know who drove in the rivets on airplane assembly lines during World War II. But what about World War I? Who assembled all those fabriccovered biplanes? Who shaped and filled the millions of cartridges that America sent over to the trenches of Europe? Who made the gas masks to protect American soldiers facing chemical warfare for the first time? Although the World War II posters of Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder remind us of the women who contributed to the nation's war effort in the 1940s, the women workers of World War I are nearly forgotten. In Rosie's Mom, Carrie Brown recovers these women of an earlier generation through lively words and images. She takes us back to the time when American women abandoned their jobs dipping chocolates, sewing corsets, or canning pork and beans, to contribute to the war effort. Trading their ankle-length skirts and crisp white shirtwaists for coarse bloomers or overalls, they went into the munition plants to face explosives, toxic chemicals, powerful metal-cutting machines, and the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. By the end of the war, notes the author, more than a million American women had become involved in war production
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2002
ISBN: 9781555535353
1555535356
Branch Call Number: 331.4 BRO
Characteristics: ix, 240 p. : ill. ; 26 cm

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