Wendy the Welder(s): WWII Battleship Builders 

Move over Rosie!

These white women worked in the Kaiser shipyards in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, and they managed to crank out a Liberty ship almost every week.

They wore heavy denim, leather coveralls, and steel toed shoes from the men’s department.

Welders faced opposition from unions, husbands, and even the shipyard newspaper. But soon, people found them capable and competent, and gained support.

After the war, they were laid off so servicemen could return to their jobs, and so they could return back to the home.




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