Clipped From The Kokomo Tribune
What's Happened to Hosie' ^^ i 3 Million Women War Workers Have Left Factories for Homes By VIRGINIA VAN DEB MEEK Washington. March 7— </*) — Whatever happened to Rosie the Riveter? Remember her, that wartim heorine of shipyard and song? Sh was the girl in slacks or coveralls on the assembly line or behind th tapti wheel, in western logging camps and coastal dry docks. Rosie and more than three mi! lion sister workers disappeared from the nation's payrolls in th nine months since V-E Day las June. From a peak of nineteen million working women, the total in Jan uary had dropped to 15,630,000. Where did they go? Research in the filea of the Labo department's w o m e n' a bureai shows the wartime woman worke probably did one of these things Foods Prices SATURDAY 1—Went home to her husband, probably an ex-serviceman. 2—Registered for jobless pay. 3—Took a "breathing spell" on her wartime savings. Lauded in war, women In overalls found that peace isn't so wonderful after all—at least from the job angle. Director Frieda Miller of the women's bureau has tagged their postwar reception a "back-to-the- home" campaign. Wide-open factory doors, she aaid in a recent statement, are "once again being barred in their faces." In traditionally male domains, the U. S. Employment service reports many employers prefer their men back again. It's partly prejudice but. Mum Miller admits, also because women's skills in industrial jobs are limited. The ex-riviter's best bet, believes the women'* bureau, is not industry but service—professional, clerical, sales, domestic. Working woman's biggest need, the bureau finds, is: Equal pay for equal work. Only six states—Michigan, Montana. Washington, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts — have equal pay laws, the Ian four passed during the war. Congress now has before it an equal-pay bill for women. The general feminine situation, by latest figures: Employed: 15,630,000. Unemployed: 530,000. On the home front: 37,320,000.