Did WW2 really help Rosie the Riveters?


Courtesy: Library of Congress

World War II often is cited as a watershed moment for getting American women in the workplace. To commemorate D-Day, Cristen and Caroline reexamine whether the war really helped Rosie the Riveters climb career ladders.

Episode sources:

"Civilian Women Played Major Role in World War II Victory" by Rudi Williams. May 30, 2004. U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=26376

"Continued Employment after the War?": The Women's Bureau Studies Postwar Plans of Women Workers." History Matters. American Social History Project. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7027/

"Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex During WWII" by Ruth Milkman. 1987. University of Illinois Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=YG73lYsDFs8C&dq=women+taking+over+jobs+wwii&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II" by Emily Yellen. 2010.Simon and Schuster. http://books.google.com/books?id=BcQDE0Ce9GAC&dq=our+mothers+war&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II." National Women's History Museum. https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/32.htm

"The impact of WWII on women's work." Striking Women. http://www.striking-women.org/module/women-and-work/world-war-ii-1939-1945

"The U.S. Home Front During World War II." History. http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/us-home-front-during-world-war-ii

"Women and Work After World War II." PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tupperware-work/

"Women Computers in World War II." IEEG Global History Network. http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Women_Computers_in_World_War_II

"Women in WWII at a Glance." The National WWII Museum. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/at-a-glance/women-in-ww2.html

Academic insights:

"The Role of World War II in the Rise of Women's Work" by Claudia Goldin. December 1989. National Bureau of Economic Research. http://www.nber.org/papers/w3203.pdf?new_window=1

"Shocking Labor Supply: A Reassessment of the Role of World War II on Women's Labor Supply" by Claudia Goldin and Claudia Olivetti. 2013. American Economic Review: Paper Proceedings. http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/goldin/files/goldin-olivetti_paper.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: war, women's work, Employment, ww2, labor, economics, rosie the riveter, best of 2014 workplace