July 1, 1943

Workers Sacrifice with Long Hours
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In 1940, the average weekly hours of a worker across all industries was 38.1. That changed for war workers on February 9 of this year when President Roosevelt ordered a minimum 48-hour week for all war industries. However, many war industries were already running double shifts to meet quotas. Orders for equipment and material have steadily increased as the Allies prepare to take back Europe and the Pacific. As men leave industry for overseas duty, women have continued to entered the workforce to take their places, which brings to mind the iconic Normal Rockwell image entitle Rosie the Riveter, which appeared on the cover of the May 29 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

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