“Tonight in Bridgeport thousands of women are working at Remington Arms Co., turning out the tools of war. More are building planes at Vought-Sikorsky in Stratford, while others are busily sewing the stout fabrics of victory at Singer Sewing Machine Co. within a few miles of this meeting. The list is endless; Connecticut women are working for victory at the Auto Ordinance Corp. in Bridgeport…manufacturers of all-important machine tools. And over in Stamford women work at the lathes in Yale and Towne, making locks of war that will one day bind Hitler into a strong-studded cell.” (1)

This quote is taken from a speech made to a group of women by Clare Boothe Luce in September of 1942. She was stressing the importance of the role of women during war time. Since the men were all fighting, women were taking on these roles that were never previously given to them. They were truly helping win the war because they were making all of the materials needed. Women were very much industrialized. We can see the change from the 1854 letter to the letter to the union. That letter did not want women working at the jobs that had previously belonged to men. However, during the time of war it was crucial that women take over the job of men.

 

(1)Berkin, Carol and Leslie Horowitz. Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Documents in Early American History. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998: 199

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice connection to a previous post. Maybe do a little more elaboration about the excerpt and its importance.

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  2. mlucas426 says:

    Nevermind good work! Good tie in and showing a change over time.

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  3. You could include the idea that women are allowed out of there sphere only when it is beneficial to men, how does that change over time (especially in times of war)

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  4. embartra says:

    This strikes me a stronger, more evocative selection than your previous post. Since they’re both from the same year, you might think about only using one of them and filling in a chronological gap somewhere else.

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