A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort.
Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990.
During WWII Myrna Loy abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and worked closely with the Red Cross. She toured frequently to raise war bonds, and was so outspokenly against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist.
Revenge at Birkenau: Jewish dancer and actress shoots SS man Schillinger fatally and injures SS man Emmerich on 10/23/43 in the undressing room of crematorium II before she and her fellow women were to be gassed. She did a strip tease in front of the lecherous Schillinger in order to distract him and grab his gun. She shot both men after successfully grabbing it.
Betty “Tack” Blake was a Women’s Air Force Service pilot during World War II and a graduate of the first graduating class in 1943 near Ellington Field in Houston. Almost 80 years later, she still remembers the day she met Amelia Earhart.
Titanic Survivors Charlotte Collyer and her 8-year-old daughter Marjorie after they finally made it to America. She has a White Star Line blanket on her lap. Their faces say it...things are never going to be the same.
Hannie Schaft (aka "the Girl with the red hair"). responsible for the assassination of five collaborators. Hitler himself had demanded her arrest, urging the Sicherheitsdienst to find her. Hannie was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands on September 16, 1920. On April 17, 1945, less than three weeks before the liberation of the Netherlands, Hannie was shot by the Germans in the dunes near Overveen. She was only 24 years old.
Furman Owens, 12-years-old. Can't read. Doesn't know his A,B,C's. Said, "Yes I want to learn but can't when I work all the time." Been in the mills 4 years, 3 years in the Olympia Mill. Columbia, South Carolina.
Production aides Ruby Reed and Merle Judd work in cramped quarters at Grumman Aircraft during World War II. Nineteen million women went to work to fill out the home front labor force during the war, including 3 million “Rosie the Riveters” in nontraditional industrial jobs.
Portrait of Mildred Axton, date unknown. Axton was "one of the first three Women Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot" and was the first woman to fly a B-29. She passed away in 2010, age 91.