US Office of Education Declares Women To Be "Awfully Jealous" and "Sensitive" in this Vintage Instructional Film
02.27.13 by Mandy
"Women scare me — at least, they do in a factory."
The entire first season of Bomb Girls airs this Saturday, March 2nd, with the season two to premiere on Reelz on March 27th. In preparation for the trip back to the bomb factory, we thought we'd take a look at some actual factory training videos from the 1940s. One short stood out as a clear favorite.
baking pies to building bombs
While the girls at Victory Munitions have a great supervisor in Meg Tilly's Lorna Corbett, real women working in factories during World War II likely had far less understanding bosses. The proof of this comes from the short instructional film from 1944 entitled "Supervising Women Workers." Produced and distributed by the the United States Office of Education and the Federal Security Agency, this little video contains jewels of dialogue such as "women workers do present problems, Joe," and “they’re not naturally familiar with mechanical principles nor machinery." One can only imagine the response if the U.S. government put out a video like this today.
Our favorite portion of the video comes around the 4:25 mark when Joe's wife plays him like a fiddle and he doesn't even notice.
Know any real bomb girls who worked in factories on the home front during WWII? If so, share their stories with Reelz so that they can be included in our Real Life Bomb Girls gallery. Email us those stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video courtesy of the Prelinger Archives and CharacterControl.