March 19, 1943

Women Protest Dress Code
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—Woman war workers at the Chance-Vought Aircraft factory here are backed by the United Auto Workers (UAW) local in their dispute over wearing sweaters at work. The dispute began months ago when the more than fifty female production workers defied the company ban on sweaters and were sent home. The UAW has been in negotiations with the company, but it broke off negotiations yesterday saying, “The company wasn’t giving anything.” The company maintains the policy is for the safety of the workers, but the women railed that the company is “…a style factory more interested in rules than turning out planes.” The ban on sweaters applies to female production workers, not to office workers and male production workers.

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