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Georgia's Rosies
Celebrating World War II's
women in the workforce
By Amber Lanier Nagle

W

Above: When she was 16, Jane Tucker, of
Rome, learned to weld at a shipyard in
Savannah and helped build Liberty ships
for the war effort. Right: Southeastern
Shipbuilding Corp. built 88 Liberty
ships, like the one shown here, from
1942 to 1945.

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Georgia Magazine

March 2021

GEORGIA HISTORICAL COLLECTION, CORDRAYFOLTZ COLLECTION MS 1360300804

SAM RATCLIFFE

e've all seen the iconic image: A woman
with her hair pulled back in a red polkadot bandana flexes her bicep and utters the
words, " We can do it! " in a speech bubble
across the top.
Posters featuring this image helped recruit female
workers for defense-industry jobs during World War
II, when American women were called upon to do the
jobs left by men who were fighting in the war. Between
1940 and 1945, the percentage of women in the U.S.
workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly
37 percent. By the end of the war, nearly one out of
every four married women worked outside the home,
and Rosie the Riveter became a symbol of female
patriotism.
We celebrate these women as part of our nation's
Greatest Generation. Read on to meet two Georgia
women who recall their days as " Rosies. "



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