Created by the Steelworks Center of the West, a museum dedicated to the history of the industrialization of the American West, CF&I Women of WWII is an online manuscript documenting the women who worked for the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I) during World War II. Here, visitors can browse 15 online chapters that each highlight a different aspect of the experiences and lives of these women. For instance, in Chapter 8: Wanted for Victory!, visitors can view a ticket book and a gas rationing ticket. In Chapter 11: Cartoons, visitors can examine three newspaper cartoons, which reveal how these working women challenged popular expectations of femininity. In Chapter 15: Truck Drivers, one can read about how Olga Peters and Helen Youngman unsuccessfully filed a grievance with CF&I to be paid the same wage as their male coworkers. Together, these chapters provide insight into the experiences of women at work, in school, and at home during World War II. All photographs and primary documents on this site are fully cited and can be downloaded in multiple formats for classroom use.
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