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Description - Slacks and Calluses by Constance Bowman

In 1943, two spirited young teachers decided to do their part for the war effort by spending their summer vacation working the swing shift on a B-24 production line at a San Diego bomber plant. Entering a male-dominated realm of welding torches and bomb bays, they learned to use tools that they had never seen before, live with aluminium shavings in their hair, and get along with supervisors and co-workers from all walks of life. They also learned that wearing their factory slacks on the street caused men to treat them in a way for which their "dignified schoolteacher-hood" hadn't prepared them. First published in 1944 and illustrated with humorous drawings, this text is an on-the-spot account of how two women assumed the wartime roles that would change society, coping with traditional attitudes they encountered along the way. Constance Bowman tells of foremen who struggled futilely to enforce a rule requiring all women to wear caps; of young co-workers who wistfully imagined earning their high school diplomas; and of the bruises and cut fingers that she and Clara Marie Allen endured in making final installations to the "Liberator" planes that rolled off the Consolidated Vultee production line.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560983682
ISBN-10: 156098368X
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 127mm x 12mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Constance Bowman

Constance Bowman Reid has written many highly acclaimed biographies of twentieth-century mathematicians. She lives in San Francisco, CA.