During World War II, war photography was far less common than photojournalism today. Nonetheless, for the sake of both propaganda and documentation, there were photographs taken that give today's viewers an immediate sense of the war effort in America.
'Railroad Women' is a war photography series that was captured by Office of War Information photographer Jack Delano in April, 1943. The women in the series were actual workers for the Chicago & North Western Railroad roundhouse in Clinton, Iowa. Though perhaps initially designed as part of the propaganda effort, the series seems more firmly grounded in the realities of war and work; far from glamorous, the women are tough, strong, and serious.
Modern viewers can draw a parallel between the railroad women in this series and the difficulties that face women in today's workplace.
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