World War II

Coco Chanel, Nazi?

While Chanel's rise from being an impoverished orphan to a seamstress to the post-World War I haute couture fashion designer she's still thought of today is impressive, her documented anti-Semitism and alignment with Nazi sympathizers, such as her longtime British lover the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, known Nazi sympathizer, grows more detestable the more one reads...

Women's Work: Lumberjills

During World War II, 9,000 British women were recruited to take over the nation's forestry sector in the Women's Timber Corps. Nicknamed "lumberjills," these logging ladies felled trees, processed timber and transported the wood for manufacturing into "telegraph poles, road blocks, packaging boxes and gun butts for the war effort, and even crosses for war graves," the BBC reports. In 2013, the UK Forestry Commission erected a memorial sculpture (cleverly called Pull Don't Push) to honor the women's valuable -- and splinter-inducing -- work.

26 Images That Challenge Conventional Perceptions of "Women's Work"

The term "blue-collar" originated in the 1920s to denote manual labor, but the demarcation probably didn't have much to do with the male-leaning gender makeup of those employment sectors. Rather, "blue-collar" likely took its hue cue from the color of chambray, dungaree and denim coveralls and work shirts more commonly worn in hands-on fields, such as mining and manufacturing. Nonetheless, women performing blue-collar work has long been considered nontraditional, and today they comprise a slim minority of firefighters, plumbers, steel workers, truck drivers and so forth -- but not necessarily, as demonstrated in this abbreviated visual history of manual laboring women, because they don't have the muscle and grit to get the blue-collar job done.

33 Real-Life Rosie the Riveters

In December 1941, the United States entered World War II, and the U.S. government soon after launched the "Rosie the Riveter" propaganda campaign encouraging women to pitch in with the war effort. Before the war began, women already comprised a quarter of the American workforce and eventually overtook a third of U.S. jobs by 1945. During that period 3 million women worked at war plants as the real-life Rosie the Riveters, building aircraft bombers, tanks, guns and even American flags for military activities. The Library of Congress has preserved photographs of these power-tool-wielding, manual-laboring ladies of World War II in its archives. This gallery of women workers showcases the diversity of jobs they fulfilled, as well as some of the finer details of female life in massive midcentury factories.

RIP, Rosie the Riveter