US Navy via New York Times
Two women welders working on the flight deck of a new Essex Class
aircraft carrier at the New York Navy Yard.
- Women Help Build Carrier for Navy,
New York Times 5 Jun 1944, p.16: "Shop Workers at Brooklyn Yard Now
Permitted About Ships—More Needed. A tradition of 143 years standing
has come to an [end] at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Women are now
working alongside men at construction work about Navy fighting ships. 'From
shop to ship' describes the progress of several score women welders,
electrical and sheet metal workers, moved from shop work and other 'land
jobs' to help build a $60,000,000 airplane carrier of the Essex class ...
Of 65,000 employes now at the Brooklyn yard, 4,000 are women —
not counting office help ... Besides doing welding, electrical and sheet
metal work, women are crane operators, shipfitters, machine operators,
chauffers, and painters."