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Women Repairing Freight Cars at Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, 1943 (editor's title)

Women in Pitcairn, PA
Helen Gusmerotti, 29, left, and Mary Mignogna work as car repairmen's helpers at the steel car shop in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards at Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, in June 1943. The women are burning holes in hopper car sides and earning 72 cents an hour. During both world wars, railroads employed more women to keep their trains running while many of their male employees were fighting overseas. Women took industrial jobs, generally, during World War II (1941-45).
Alternate Title FSA-OWI Railroad Photography
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Pitcairn, Pennsylvania; Temporal, June 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943
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Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Pitcairn, Pennsylvania
Depicted Occupation
Comments The Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information began as a New Deal program of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency as a part of the Resettlement Administration, which was established to combat poverty. It evolved into the modern Farmers Home Administration that helps farmers acquire property. The FSA engaged photographers to document rural America, resulting in iconic images by such notable photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks. After the U.S. declared war on Japan and also joined its European allies in their strike against Germany in 1941, the government created the Office of War Information, whose photographers documented America's mobilization from 1942 through 1943. (The war ended in 1945.) They concentrated on topics like industry and women and minorities in the work force. FSA and OWI photography efforts were led by Roy Emerson Stryker, and the resulting 108,000 images are now at the Library of Congress. Many document railroad-related subjects, especially World War II home-front activities.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection
Institution
Image ID LC-USW3- 030568-E
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