As men went off to war, women entered the workforce. Women like...
"Olive Ellson, she worked in Woodward Governor as a factory worker during WW II. This was her coveralls." says Mark Herman, Curator of Education at
In some cases,
"At that time,
Production at companies like Woodward Governor, Nelson Knitting, and Rockford Screw Products was being done almost entirely by women.
"It was a big change in
After the war, many jobs were given to male veterans returning to work. Women who wanted to stay in the workforce were transferred back to lower paying "female" jobs. Most women were laid off and told to go back to their homes.