TREN­TO­NIAN TIME CAP­SULE

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

“We Can Do It!” Be­tween 1941 and 1945 mil­lions of Amer­i­can women stepped for­ward to do their part for the war ef­fort. Mil­i­tary en­list­ment left a large “male” em­ploy­ment gap dur­ing the war years and be­cause of this, the United States fe­male la­bor force grew to more than six mil­lion strong. Swit­lik Para­chute Com­pany em­ploy­ees Al­berta Slab­icki, Ann Onda-Mater­niak, and So­phie Fsyz are just a few of the women who picked up the slack by work­ing in mu­ni­tions fac­to­ries, ship­yards, and other de­fense-re­lated in­dus­tries. These home­town war he­roes mor­phed into “Rosie the Riveter,” a cul­tural icon that to this day rep­re­sents the re­silience of the Amer­i­can home front. The ladies are pic­tured at a Swit­lik War Bond fundraiser. Photo cour­tesy of Glenn Mater­niak.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF GLENN MATER­NIAK

Tren­ton, N.J - 1943:

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