Womanpower in Mobilization

Archive Report

Woman as a National Labor Resource

Rapid expansion of personnel and materiel requirements of the armed services, with civilian employment already at an all-time high, is forcing consideration of how best to tap the country's largest labor reserve: women not now working outside their homes. President Truman told Congress in his annual economic report, Jan. 12, that present defense targets will call for “probably not less than four million more workers in defense production” by the end of 1951 and nearly a million more men and women in the armed forces. Secretary of Labor Tobin had stated earlier that manpower would be “the most significant limiting factor” in all-out mobilization.1

Certain reservoirs it was possible to tap at the start of the last major defense effort ...

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