Rosie the Riveter comes to HR’s rescue
They say necessity is the mother of invention. It takes a world war, but women jump to the front line…
Suddenly, women become streetcar conductors, electricians, welders and, yes, riveters. In the aviation industry, women go from 1% of the workforce pre-war to 65% by 1943.
It isn’t a smooth transition (especially for minority women) and the story will turn sour when the war ends, and troops come home demanding their old jobs back.
But the war wouldn’t have been won without women, and this experience fuels the fight for workplace equality.