Rosie the Riveter
Two female war workers walk along a dock at the Electric Boat Co., cans of paint in their hands, as a group of male sailors watch them, October 1943. Later known as General Dynamics Electric Boat, the company produced more than 70 submarines and almost 400 PT boats during World War II. Photo credit: Bernard Hoffman / The LIFE Picture Collection — in Groton, Connecticut.
In this image Mrs. Cora Ann Bowen works as a cowler at the Naval Air Base. Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis on the right was a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs department, August 1942. During World War II, some 350,000 women served in the USAF, both at home and abroad. They included the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, who on 3/10/10, were awarded the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Photo credit: Howard R. Hollem.
"Winnie the Welder" worked at a boat-and-sub-building yard in the Fore River shipyar. Her name was Florence “Woo Woo” DiTullio Joyce (1921-2014). Her male coworkers used to give her catcalls all the time, so she decided to paint “Woo Woo” on the back of her jacket, October 1943. Photo credit: Bernard Hoffman / Life magazine