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October 26, 1946

Women in Industry: Their Health and Efficiency

JAMA. 1946;132(8):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870430062027

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Early in the days of our total war the organized industrial health effort of the army recognized the changing nature of the work force. Men of military age were replaced by women, older men, younger men and the handicapped. Almost overnight industrial health became a prime factor in the nation's war. Programs to determine, maintain and improve the health of war workers and women in particular assumed an A-1 priority. The volume presents information about the ability of women to perform operations which previously were considered suitable only for men. The rapid transition which eighteen million women made and the efficiency with which they produced the goods of war reflect great honor and credit on them and is in keeping with the highest traditions of American womanhood. In spite of the credit which this volume pays to women, it is not intended to justify their employment in industry. However, it

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