1946 account of women losing wartime jobs.
Rosie Riveter's Future Is Gloomy But Science Offers Bright Career By EPSIE KINARD (NBA Staff Writer) NEW YORK, June 27.—(NBA)— Rosie the rivetei, Winnie the welder,_ and Portia the lawyer are being steadily evicted from their jobs by the on-rushing tide of demobilized men seeking payroll berths. Since V-E Day, about 1,000,000 women industrial workers, symbolized symbolized by Rosie and Winnie, have pocketed their last pay checks, according according to the U. S. Department of Labor. Storm signals are going up for lady statisticians, accountanls and lawyers because of severe competition competition from returned servicemen. Women flyers also face dismal job prospects. So many Air Force- trained men have cast their future lot with aviation that few spots are left where ladies may spread wings, says an industrial relations spokesman for a leading air-transport air-transport company. The female bureaucrat, with the exception of the medical and social worker, also has tough going. High executives, administrative assistants assistants and women with special technical technical training are being laid off in large numbers, according to a survey survey made by the National Federation Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. But the director of this survey, Federation ' President Margaret blickey, has cheerful news for pet- licoated scientists. Basing her statement on returns from questionnaires questionnaires and facts dredged from interviews, she sees excellent openings openings for women in chemistry, physics, physics, bacteriology, plant physiology, pomology and laboratory research. There is a crying need, says Miss Hiekey, for women therapeutic therapeutic workers in veterans' rehabilitation rehabilitation centers as semi-professional semi-professional and trained aides. She says an unmet need exists also for dietitians, nurses and trained hospital hospital administrators. Factory Workers Retrain But the lot of the displaced worker is not hopeless—not if she's skilled. For instance, Rosie's and Winnie's skills might be transferred transferred with little retraining to production production of electronic radio tubes, where 80 per cent of the vast number number of employes at a Harrison, N. J., plant are women. Emphasizing Emphasizing the need for feminine skills, the Radio Corporation of America is campaigning for 1000 women to make radio receiver tubes. Erstwhile war workers facing a gloomy future are those whose hastily acquired skills satisfied desperate employers who now exact exact more competence and efficiency. efficiency. The rosiest future for the white- is "woman's by of so in in