Lutheran Ladies Circle: Thanks for Leaving…Book 3 has launched.
I know I should talk about it, but hold on for just a moment, I really want to discuss the woman in this picture. Taken in 1942 It’s called “Girl in a Bubble.”( Photographer, Alfred Palmer, War Information Office )
It was going to be the cover of Thanks for Leaving, but it ran into a few snaggles.
Beta/Focus/and Critique groups said, “We like it. What the heck is she doing?”
WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY.
This WWII photo was a carefully crafted propaganda shot to encourage women to leave their approved place (the home), and go to the factories.
• the carefully displayed wedding ring. (Message: Men, let your wives work).
• the lipstick and manicured nails. (A woman could work and not lose any of her daintiness. As a matter of fact, many factories had charm classes).
• Stylish head covering and colorful uniform. (Many women objected to covering their curls.)
By 1945, 6 million women had entered the workforce for the first time to build planes, bombs, ships and ammo. Which is phenomenal when you consider most women had never even worn slacks. For better or worse, it changed women’s roles forever.
Sixty-eight years ago, everyone would’ve known this woman was working on the nose cone of a B17.
Today, most viewers thought she was working on a spaceship.
I think that’s a blessing.
Many words like: blackout, plane spotter, loose lips, meatless Tuesdays, and rationing aren’t part of our daily conversation anymore.
And women continue to work, to support, and to grow in wisdom because of all those gals ( our foremothers) “did what they had to do.”
But that’s another story—a funny and touching one—with a different cover.
You can read about it at Lutheran Ladies Circle/Books.
Did women working or serving in WWII change your family’s story?