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Women in traffic

In today’s age of modern ideals and social empathy, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that things were not always so. Women have had to fight tooth and nail to gain the rights that men have always had. So it’s always heartwarming to see pictures from long ago of pioneers in the field of equal rights.

Here’s such a picture of two women from the KKK women’s auxiliary helping direct traffic in 1943. Now try to tell me that there was no such thing as tolerance and equal rights back in the old days!
1943 women directing traffic

Okay, I just made all that up. :-) Here’s the actual bibliographic information associated with the photo: “Women in essential services. Mrs. E.K. Sabel and Mrs. J.R. Harris, members of the Women’s Safety Traffic Reserve in Oakland, California, are among the many mothers who are keeping the city’s accident rate low by guarding school crossings during school hours”. So it’s actually a kind of cool Rosy the Riveter type of deal while the menfolk were away at war.

And here’s a photo of one of them in action!
Women in essential services
And yes, if you look closely, she’s holding the sign upside down… (hurry back fellas!)

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