Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

World War II

Quartermaster Depot

photograph of a woman stitching sleeves on an army overcoat

At the Quartermaster Depot in Philadelphia in 1942, a woman stitches sleeves on an army overcoat. (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress

At the Quartermaster Depot in Philadelphia in 1942, a woman stitches sleeves on an army overcoat. By 1945, 35 percent of Philadelphia’s women worked outside of the home. Most continued to fill jobs traditionally held by women, but many worked as welders, mechanics, and chemists in ship yards, in the Frankford Arsenal, and at the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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