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"Women Are Teachable"

rosie.gif During World War II, nearly half of the women in the U.S. took jobs outside the home. Most Americans easily recognize the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter—and the contribution that the millions of Rosies around the country made to the war effort. But we don't hear much about any efforts—however dated they may seem today—that were made by companies seeking to ease the transition for their newly gender-integrated workforce.

The National Archives Southeast Region has a World War II-era booklet distributed to male shift supervisors at a production plant to help them adjust to having female employees. The pamphlet contains outdated wisdom—such as the title of this blog post—and sage tips from "Avoid horseplay or 'kidding'; she may resent it," to "When she does a good job, tell her so." Click the link below to find out the importance of knowing restroom locations, having a reliable "female counselor" on every shift, and much more.

Women in Wartime Industries Advice [National Archives - Southeast Region]

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