Role of Women in World War 2 in Aviation – Part 2

We continue our look at the role of women in world war 2 in Aviation this time focusing on patriotism, the workplace, and if any felt empowered to go to aircraft maintenance schools. At Covington Aircraft, we know that without women, our business and many other’s would not be what it is today. So, let’s all honor our women and love our women! Happy Flying!

Patriotism was an incentive, but not like the extra pay.

role-of-women-in-world-war-2It was the increase in the family income that drove many women into working.  Many of the working women would save the money they made: long working hours and wartime shortages, there was little to spend it on anyway.  When the war ended, many fighting men found themselves coming home to a nice nest egg that was spent on items not available during wartime: homes and luxuries sold very well after the war and throughout the booming 1950s.

Room had to be made for women in the workplace, but only so much room.

Many women entering the workforce took blue-collar positions and jobs that were already considered “female jobs.”  While considerations and room had to be made for the female entrance into the workplace, employers denied women opportunities in decision-making positions.  Men tolerated women in the workplace begrudgingly and would not take them seriously: the opinion being that it was a temporary situation.  As more women worked, many found they enjoyed “making their own way” and continued to work after the war.  Clerk and typing positions did very well during the war with shortages that could not be filled.  These jobs demanded a higher pay even after the war ended.

The working world of today owes a great deal to the women of the World War II era who went-to-work.

role-of-women-in-world-war-2-covington-aircraftThe changing traditions of a woman’s place being in the home, which took root during the Great Depression, is due greatly to the call for women to go to work during the war effort.  Space was made for women in the workplace and that space couldn’t disappear without leaving a void.  Many women found they enjoyed the independence gained by working and continued on after the war.  Finding they were just as capable as their male counterparts, women began strive for improvement in their position from these beginnings, beginnings which may never had occurred without World War II.  It makes one wonder how many women went on to aircraft maintenance schools after learning about aircraft construction on-the-job.

This brief history of the women who went to work during World War II is of interest to Covington Aircraft.

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