WW I trailblazers undertold Women Ordnance Workers story

Women began joining the Rock Island Arsenal’s shops in World War I and at peak employment in World War II made up 32% of the Arsenal’s workforce. CREDIT ARMY SUSTAINMENT COMMAND, ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL

Given the ubiquity of Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, it’s not hard to see why some Quad Citians today think women didn’t become Rock Island Arsenal “Soldiers of Supply” until World War II. But it’s impossible to tell the full story of the impact that more than a century of women defense workers’ had on […]

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