Transript of pamphlet
"I have a job to do in this great scheme of production."
These are the proud words of a Negro woman-a welder in a shipyard.
A job? What does a job mean?
It means security-individual-national-world. Security-the best weapon against poverty and disease-against defeat at home and on the battlefront.
Negro women need--
Jobs--with no bars erected because of color, creed, or sex--jobs not only today but in the postwar world.
Photo caption: Welder in a shipyard. Courtesy of U.S. Navy
(Pamphlet page IV)
NEGRO WOMEN WAR WORKERS
FOR AMERICA AT WAR
BEHIND THE NOISE--the hammer, the thunder, the drive--that typifies America at war is a group of women, Negro women, who have pooled their strength with that of all other Americans in an effort to achieve a common goal--Victory. Carrying their full share of the Nation's wartime load, they are at work in every section of the country. In the steel mills and the foundries, in the aircraft plants and the shipyards, Negro women are helping to make the weapons of war. Not only are they working in war plants but their services in laundries and restaurants, on railroads and farms, and in countless other essential civilian industries have helped to make it possible for America to become the arsenal of the United Nations. Negro women's wartime performance has proved that, given the training, they can succeed in any type of work that women can do.
Trail Blazers for Uncle Sam on the Production Front.
More than one precedent was broken when in 1942 women mechanics were hired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for the first time in 141 years. It was a red-letter day for women when the doors of the navy yard swung open. For Negro women especially it was a triumphant day, for a Negro girl received a grade of 99, the highest rating of any of the 6,000 women who took the civil-service examination for navy-yard jobs. She and another Negro girl who also showed special aptitude for work with precision instruments were assigned to the instrument division, where binoculars, telescopes, and range finders are reconditioned. Of the first 125 women hired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard about 12 were Negro. At a second eastern navy yard, highly qualified Negro girls were among the first women hired in 1942. Since the work is skilled and strenuous, every new employee is required to pass rigid aptitude and physical tests.
In the Washington (D. C.) Navy Yard, Negro women are employed in the cartridge-case shop as well as in other shops. Some several hundred Negro women--most of whom are married and are mothers--are working here. They are operating punch and blanking presses as well as lathes and tapping machines in the manufacture of cartridge cases.
(Pamphlet Page 1)
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