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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.

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.

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.

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[Photo] Portrait of Mildred Axton, date unknown

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.