Women on Great Northern Railway at Great Falls, Montana. As more male workers joined the armed forces during World War I, women like these railroad employees, were encouraged to enter occupations that had traditionally been done by men. Few industrial fields showed permanent increases in female workers after the war. Most women workers moved up only temporarily from lower-paying jobs to which they soon returned after the war ended.
Women Working on Train, 1918
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