Eleanor Roosevelt Addresses America: Women in Factory Jobs

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Narrated by none other than Eleanor Roosevelt, this film about the National Youth Administration’s efforts to train women for home front jobs is an engaging snapshot of World War II home front activities. Young ladies are shown doing such “male” jobs as welding, electronics, sheet metal, and tool and dye work. Little did Mrs. Roosevelt know, this would not be a turning point in women’s liberation, as these women were sent back home when the war was over. All the more interest due to the irony, Training Women for War Production is an enriching viewing experience for anyone interested in the evolution of gender roles in American history.

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