62 slides that deal with what was happening at home to keep the war machine going to defeat Germany. Here is an excerpt:
Before the United States entered World War II, several companies already had contracts with the government to produce war equipment for the Allies.
At first companies did not think that there would be a labor shortage so they did not take the idea of hiring women seriously. Eventually, women were needed because companies were signing large, lucrative contracts with the government just as all the men were leaving for the service.
Americans agreed that having women work in the war industries would only be temporary.
The government decided to launch a propaganda campaign to sell the importance of the war effort and to lure women into working.
They promoted the fictional character of “Rosie the Riveter” as the ideal woman worker: loyal, efficient, patriotic, and pretty.
Women responded to the call to work differently depending on age, race, class, marital status, and number of children.
Half of the women who took war jobs were minority and lower-class women who were already in the workforce. They switched from lower-paying traditionally female jobs to higher-paying factory jobs.