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18 Stunning Photos Of Black Women At Work During World War II

Thanks to the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, most people picture white women when they think of women entering the workforce during World War II. But these inspiring photos will remind you that women of color were heroes during the war, as well.

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5. According to the Library of Congress, "Plant foremen point to 20-year-old Annie Tabor as one of their best lathe operators, despite her lack of previous industrial experience."

9. According to the Library of Congress, Juanita E. Gray began as a helper paid $4.56 a day in the Washington Navy Yard. After she graduated from National Youth Administration War Production and Training Center, she began earning $45 per week.

12. From the National Archives: "Hospital Apprentices second class Ruth C. Isaacs, Katherine Horton and Inez Patterson (left to right) are the first Negro WAVES to enter the Hospital Corps School at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, 03/02/1945."

13. Willa Beatrice Brown was the first black woman to earn a pilot's license in the US, and is widely credited with helping to create the squadron that became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

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