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WOMEN AND GIRLS OVER EIGHTEEN here is your chance to help your country win the war by going into industry. All plants doing Government work need women operators to replace the men who are constantly going to the front. Shortage of labor means serious suspension of government contracts and subsequently delay in our war preparations. For the benefit of married women, who would like to work in the factories, but who cannot devote a whole working day to that occupation, we will operate two shifts daily of five hours each. This will enable them to work five hours per day and also keep up their home duties. Good wages will be paid and steady employment assured.

Employment Office, Sanderson Street

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Change happened rapidly when the United States finally entered World War I in April, 1917. By June, 1918, the nationwide shortage of male workers - many of whom had entered the army - was hurting industry. As a result, companies began for the first time to seek out and accommodate women workers, putting them into jobs that women had never before been allowed to do. This advertisement from the Greenfield Tap and Die Corporation in Greenfield, Massachusetts, hints at the lengths the company would go to obtain workers.


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"Women and Girls Over 18" employment ad in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Jun 22, 1918
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   4.5"
height   5.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Article
accession #   #L02.033

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