Clipped From The Iola Register
Married 'Rosies' Back on Job As Riviters in War Plants By Hal Boyle New York (AP) — Rosie the riveter today is more likely to be a, Mrs. than a Miss. Why are American mothers swarming back into defense factories again in numbers reminiscent of second world waT days? In the last war many women felt it was a patriotic duty to go to work in defense industries. Now many feel that way again. Others want to earn money to get' more luxuries for themselves or a better 1 deal out of life for their children. "I guess with most of us it is a mixture of patriotism and a desire to help out our families," said Mrs. Margaret L> Packer. Mrs. Packer, a pleasant-featured, ha_el-eyed woman of 42, has five children. She looks; and talks like any average housewife, and she is typical of millions of mothers who now are working again in : America's expanding d e- fense plants. "Two thirds of the women in the plant I work in arc married," she said, "and of those, two-thirds have children under 14." She has two married daughters and a son, Donald, who is in the navy. Still at home with her are two younger daughters, Verna', 14, and Donna, 4. Mrs. Packer is employed b y the Pratt & Whitney aircraft plant at Hartford. Conn! She worked there from 1942 to 1945 as a lathe operator. She was pleasantly surprised, when they called her last May. to find they wanted her for a better post. Women were being hired on exactly the same basis, and at the same rate of pay, as men. She was immediately made one of five women instructors who train mixed classes of| new men and women employes how to operate the machines that stamp out airplane parts. It is exacting work. At first there was spine grumbling, among the men at being taught by a woman. "After I talked with them, and showed them how I could operate the machines," Mrs. Packer said shyly, "there weren't any more objections. "I've found the men very nice to work with. They are more nervous at the start and make more mistakes than women. But they are e"ftsier to train and learn faster." She earns up to $350 a month, including overtime, and works from 3:30 pm until midnight. Her husband, Chauncey. a skilled craftsman, is employed by the same firm from 7 am until S:30 pm. "Sunday Is about tho only real time we get to soe each other, except coming or going," said Mrs. Packer, smiling. But she says that working outside the home hasn't disrupted her household, because all pilch in and do their share. "Verna — she's in high school • Why do more men choose Jarman Shoes every season? now — lis a great help to me." she said. "She gets most of the meals and helps take care of her sister. We divide the housework. And my husband takes care of the lawri and the garden." Mrs. Packer feels that only in such a jway can the problems of the outside-working wife be solved. operation firmly, er. But all right "I've There has to be a lot of coin the family." she said Each must help the oth- if they do, everything is and it' is worthwhile. had no difficulty, and we've been able to do more things for the children. It is that way with most of the women I've talked to. So ijong as there is unity in the home, there is no trouble." In the plant that employs her one out of every three machine operators is a woman, the same ratio that existed in the last war. Mama is back in overals again — for tne duration.