Rosie the Riveter: Women Working During World War II

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Employee badge from Pratt & Whitney in Missouri . Accession 14. Size: 2”x2”.

 

Employee badge from Richmond Shipyard Number Two. Donated by Beatrice O. Keller, accession 119. Beatrice was a journeyman burner at Richmond Shipyard No. 2 in Richmond, CA between 1942-1943. Size: approximately 1” diameter.

 

Employee badge from Universal Television System, Inc. Donated by Dorothy Nicholls, accession 166. Dorothy was a supervisor at Universal Television Systems in Kansas City, MO between 1942-1945, and then did linework at Aerion Manufacturing in Kansas City, MO in 1945. Size: approximately ¾” diameter.

 

Employee badge from Westinghouse Electric Service. Donated by Margaret Stock, accession 177. Margaret was a lathe operator/machinist at Westinghouse Electric in Emeryville, CA for 2 years. Size: approximately ¾” diameter.

 

Employee badge from U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. Donated by Alice A. Story, accession 206. Alice was a riveter at The Ford Motor Co.’s Willow Run Bomber Plant in Willow Run, MI for 1 year, and then at a company in Long Beach, CA for 3 months. Size: approximately 1” diameter.

 

Employee badge from The National Screw & MFG. CO. in Cleveland, Ohio. Donated by Dolores Burns, accession 228. Elizabeth T. Salajcik, donor’s mother, was a punch press operator at National Screw in Cleveland, OH for 4 or 5 years. Size: approximately ¾” diameter.

 

Employee badge from Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. in Baltimore. Donated by Sally A. Dovel, accession 245. Edna Marie Wilson Sabala Phillips, donor’s mother, was a welder at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, MD between 1943-1945. Size: approximately 1” diameter.

 

 

 

Employee badges were a part of the uniform. The photographs were necessary for identification. While at work, this badge had to be visible at all times in order to make sure that everyone who was there was allowed to be there. The women were not supposed to keep their badges but return them to the company. The badges were important to the women because it represented that they worked in these industries. All the badges have pin backings and were pinned to their uniforms.

 

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