The woman in this photograph below is building a war plane for the boys overseas fighting Hitler.
She is one of the thousands of women who joined the work force during WWII.
This was a huge change for women, who were often not permitted to work outside of the home prior to the war.
For the first time in American history, women had to do the jobs that were previously reserved for only men.
Many of these jobs involved heavy lifting, manual labor, and factory work.
Learn more and check out our post about the "Jenny on the Job" posters from this same era.
October 1942. "Douglas Aircraft plant at Long Beach, California. An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker." Photo by Alfred Palmer