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Two Grandmothers Working in Florida

February 28, 1942
Source: National Archives

World War II had two main impacts on women’s lives. Marriage rates skyrocketed in the early 1940s, and after the war, the newlyweds provided the “baby boom” of the 1950s. The war also opened up employment opportunities for women as the men went off to fight the war. Nineteen million women joined the waged labor force during the war.

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