New York City Women During World War II: Background information when reading Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
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New York City Women During World War II

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In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan has produced a closely researched exploration of life in New York City during World War II and describes a range of ways in which New York women became involved in the war effort.

Brooklyn Navy Yard
During the 1930s a small number of women worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, almost exclusively in administrative positions. But with America's entry into World War II, that changed radically. From August 1942 onward, women began working in trade jobs – shopfitting, driving, welding and operating elevators. The Yard, which had been in existence since 1806, expanded to 282 acres, cover approximately 0.4 square miles of land. Within its boundaries there were five miles of streets lined with warehouses, foundries and machine shops. USS Iowa and USS Missouri were built there. By January 1945, the Navy Yard had more than 4,000 women employees working in production and a further 2,300 in clerical positions. With a total workforce of roughly 70,000, the ...

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